Title: A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: R. Anthony Lodge
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521100717 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
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Paris became the largest city in the Western world during the thirteenth century, and has remained influential ever since. This book examines the interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through various phases of immigration, dialect-mixing and social stratification from the Middle Ages to the present. It reveals how new urban modes of speech developed during periods of expansion, how the city's elites sought to distinguish their language from that of the masses, and how a working-class vernacular eventually emerged with its own "slang" vocabulary.
Part I. Preliminaries; Introduction; 1. 'The French of Paris'; 2. The analytical frame;
Part II. The pre-industrial city; 3. The demographic take-off; 4. The beginnings of Parisian French; 5. The medieval written evidence;
Part III. The proto-industrial city; 6. Social and sociolinguistic change, 1350-1750; 7. Variation in the Renaissance city; 8. Variation under the Ancien Regime; 9. Salience and reallocation;
Part IV. The industrial city; 10. Industrial growth, 1750-1950; 11. Standardisation and dialect-levelling; 12. Lexical variation; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.