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Description - The French-Speaking World by Rodney Ball

This accessible textbook offers students the opportunity to explore for themselves a wide range of sociolinguistic issues relating to the French language and its role in societies around the world. It is written for undergraduate students who have a sound practical knowledge of French but who has little or no knowledge of linguistics or sociolinguistics. It combines text with practical exercises and discussion questions to stimulate readers to think for themselves and to tackle specific problems. In Part One Rodney Ball looks at the diversity of the French-speaking world and the function of French in particular countries and regions, including Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. He explores its status in relation to other languages and its role in intercommunity relations. In Part Two the focus shifts to individual language features and among topics explored are regional speech forms, the differences between written and spoken French, the "social meaning" of different styles and levels of language, and French used by immigrants. Part Three looks at recent developments in the French language particularly in France itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415129879
ISBN-10: 0415129877
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 174mm x 13mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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