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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Academic Paper

Title: Perspectives diglossique et variationnelle – Complémentarité ou incompatibilité? Quelques éclairages sociolinguistiques
Author: Jacqueline Billiez
Institution: Université de Grenoble
Author: Laurence Buson
Institution: Université de Grenoble
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: 'L'hypothèse d'une diglossie française est-elle une voie opérante pour analyser et développer les compétences linguistiques de locuteurs, enfants ou adultes, francophones? Cet article se propose d'apporter des éclairages sociolinguistiques sur cette question aujourd'hui largement discutée, en linguistique comme en didactique du français.
Notre contribution articule plusieurs arguments pouvant appuyer, nuancer, voire contredire le bien-fondé de cette approche, dans une perspective à la fois sociolinguistique, psycholinguistique, et didactique.
En confrontant la perspective diglossique à la réalité des pratiques stylistiques d'enfants et d'adultes sur la base d'un corpus de données recueillies en situations formelles et informelles, nous montrons combien il est délicat d'aborder la variation en termes dichotomiques si l'on envisage l'ensemble des niveaux linguistiques engagés dans la communication et pas seulement quelques variables isolées caractéristiques de deux extrêmes du continuum stylistique.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 23, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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