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Title: Sociologie et sociolinguistique des francophonies israéliennes
Written By: Eliezer Ben-Rafael
Miriam Ben-Rafael
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?263477
Series Title: Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel - Volume 17

Ce livre explore les francophonies israéliennes. Il clôture une trentaine d’années de recherches menées par les auteurs, un sociologue du langage, l’autre sociolinguiste du français. Il analyse le pluralisme de la population francophone, ses perspectives et l’évolution du français dans ses divers contextes. Ainsi sont étudiées les variations de la langue dont le franbreu. En parallèle, ce livre se tourne vers les apprenants du français qui, quant à eux, élaborent une nouvelle interlangue. Conjointement, ces travaux sociologiques et sociolinguistiques cernent les significations de la notion de francophonie dans une société non-francophone. Langue d’immigration, symbole de distinction, variété vernaculaire et objet d’acquisition pragmatique, le français est ici tout cela à la fois. Son étude éclaire sous un jour nouveau, à la fois la société israélienne, et le cas de francophonies minoritaires. « Jarnais le français et la francophonie en Israël n’ont été analysés de manière aussi accomplie et originale que dans le livre de Miriam et Eliezer Ben-Rafael. Qu’il s’agisse de l’histoire de cette langue d’immigration de provenances diverses, de sa pratique en milieu minoritaire, de son apprentissage dans une société plurilingue ou de sa description comme franbreu, ce livre éclaire son rôle dans la construction d’une francophonie transnationale et mondialisée. » (Jürgen Erfurt)

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631634776
Pages: 286
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