Sociolinguistic Variation in Seventeenth-Century France
Methodology and Case Studies
By (author) Wendy Ayres-Bennett
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Sociolinguistic Variation in Seventeenth-Century France by Wendy Ayres-Bennett
Book DescriptionThis book provides a systematic study of sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France. Drawing on a range of case studies, Wendy Ayres-Bennett makes available data about linguistic variation in this period, showing the wealth and variety of language usage at a time that is considered to be the most 'standardising' in the history of French. Variation is analysed in terms of the speaker's 'pre-verbal constitution' - such as gender, age and socio-economic status - or by the medium, register or genre used. As well as examining linguistic variation itself, the book also considers the fundamental methodological issues that are central to all socio-historical linguistic accounts and, more importantly, addresses the question of what the appropriate sources are for linguists taking a socio-historical approach. In each chapter, the case studies present a range of phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical issues, which pose different methodological questions for sociolinguists and historical linguists alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521820882
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A systematic study of sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France.
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Author Biography - Wendy Ayres-Bennett
Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Reader in French Philology and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.
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