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Sociolinguistic Variation in Seventeenth-Century France

Methodology and Case Studies

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Sociolinguistic Variation in Seventeenth-Century France by Wendy Ayres-Bennett
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This 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.

Author Biography

Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Reader in French Philology and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
280
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780521129039
Product ID
3909976

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