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Title: Social and Linguistic Change in European French
Written By: Nigel Armstrong
Tim Pooley
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=303907
Description:

The authors examine how linguistic variation and change in the major French-
speaking countries of Europe - France, Belgium and Switzerland - has in recent
times reflected social convergence or 'levelling'. Linguistic levelling, which
results in fewer differences between social and regional accents and diminishes
the prestige of the standard language, is seen very clearly in a country like the
UK, where social differences are revealed in urban accents, or have been until
recently. Levelling reflects social change, and the change of interest here is a
sort of informalisation that has accelerated since the 1960s, with stress on the
values of youth and the erosion of hierarchies and deference. An in-depth
examination of how levelling is proceeding in the francophone area compared to
other European countries has until now been lacking. This book provides a
detailed account of recent social and linguistic change in European French,
drawing on the latest findings.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230219500
ISBN-13: 9780230219502
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00