A History of the French Language Through Texts

Author: Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415100007

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 303

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This new history of the French language allows the reader to see how the language has evolved for themselves. It combines texts and extracts with a readable and detailed commentary allowing the language to be viewed both synchronically and diachronically. Core texts range from the ninth century to the present day highlight central features of the language, whilst a range of shorter texts illustrate particular points. The inclusion of non-literary, as well as literary texts serves to illustrate some of the many varieties of French whether in legal, scientific, epistolatory, administrative or liturgical or in more popular domains, including attempts to represent spoken usage. This is essential reading for the undergraduate student of French.


Author: Anita Ganeri

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1406224480

Category: French language

Page: 32

View: 9273

Each book in this series presents a different major language of the world. It examines where in the world it is spoken, who speaks it, differences and similarities between the language and English, and interesting facts about the language.


A Linguistic Introduction

Author: Zsuzsanna Fagyal,Douglas Kibbee,Frederic Jenkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139459562

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: N.A

View: 2231

French is used on every continent, spoken not only in France but also in Belgium, Switzerland, North America, the Caribbean, Polynesia and Africa. This is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the structure of French, suitable for those with little prior knowledge of linguistics or of the French Language. It clearly introduces the language's history, phonetics (pronunciation), phonology (sound system), morpho-syntax (how words and sentences are formed), pragmatics (how speakers express meaning), and lexicology (the study of word composition and derivation) - with each chapter showing how these aspects are subject to regional and social variation. English translations are provided for all examples, and the book contains an extensive bilingual glossary of linguistic terms, and numerous exercises and essay questions in every chapter. French: A Linguistic Introduction will be welcomed by advanced language learners, and by linguists studying the structure of this important language.

French Basics

Alles, was man braucht, um sich wie Gott in Frankreich zu fühlen...

Author: Cornelia Schinharl,Sebastian Dickhaut


ISBN: 9783833814402

Category: Cooking

Page: 144

View: 7627

Eine gelungene Auswahl an bekannten und weniger bekannten Spezialitäten: Kleinigkeiten aus der Bistro-Küche, Vorspeisen, Fisch-, Fleisch-, Gemüsegerichte und Desserts; mit Warenkunde und Infos zu französischer Lebensart, reich illustriert.

Langenscheidt Universal French Dictionary

French-English, English-French

Author: Langenscheidt

Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781585734726

Category: Reference

Page: 576

View: 6408

Universal French-English, English-French Dictionary is complete and concise. It is small enough for pocket or purse, comprehensive enough for classroom use or casual conversation. Up to 35,000 entries.

French, from Dialect to Standard

Author: R. Anthony Lodge

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415080711

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 285

View: 9034

Looks at the history of the French language from its Latin origins to the present day, using some of the analytical frameworks developed by contemporary sociolinguistics.

In Search of Empire

The French in the Americas, 1670-1730

Author: James Pritchard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521827423

Category: History

Page: 484

View: 8014

'Elusive Empire' is an account of French settlement in the Americas in 1670-1730. It examines how the French pioneers, with the help of thousands of African slaves & American Indians, constructed settlements and produced and traded commodities for export.

The Defence of French

A Language in Crisis?

Author: Robin Adamson

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1853599492

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 199

View: 1179

This book aims to find out whether French, one of the great languages of the world, is in crisis or not. It traces the history and development of language defence in France and examines the sometimes contradictory attitudes of French people to their beloved language. It assesses the necessity for and the usefulness of the many activities in defence of French and suggests what its future might be.

French Modern

Norms and Forms of the Social Environment

Author: Paul Rabinow

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262181341

Category: Philosophy

Page: 447

View: 1721

Paul Rabinow's study of space and society, power and knowledge in France from the 1830s through the 1930s uses tools from anthropology, philosophy, and cultural criticism to make fascinating connections between diverse protagonists and domains. In each of these domains - ranging from medicine to the layout of colonial cities - Rabin ow describes the creation of norms and the search for forms adequate for understanding and regulating what became known as modern society. He also focuses on an unexplored middle ground between the masters of high culture and the experiences of ordinary life, which he calls "middling modernism."Paul Rabinow is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent books include Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (with Hubert Dreyfus) and The Foucault Reader.

French Words

Past, Present, and Future

Author: M. H. Offord

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781853594960

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 125

View: 1279

Using an original mode of presentation, the 'textbite', this book seeks to approach the French vocabulary from as many angles as possible - showing how French words are constructed, the difficulties inherent in defining a word, the relationships words enter into, their origins, and recent trends in word formation. Examples and exercises are provided throughout.

Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French

A Comparative Approach

Author: Nigel Armstrong

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027218391

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 277

View: 5995

Many of the assumptions of Labovian sociolinguistics are based on results drawn from US and UK English, Latin American Spanish and Canadian French. Sociolinguistic variation in the French of France has been rather little studied compared to these languages. This volume is the first examination and exploration of variation in French that studies in a unified way the levels of phonology, grammar and lexis using quantitative methods. One of its aims is to establish whether the patterns of variation that have been reported in French conform to those reported in other languages. A second important theme of this volume is the study of variation across speech styles in French, through a comparison with some of the best-known English results. The book is therefore also the first to examine current theories of social-stylistic variation by using fresh quantitative data. These data throw new light on the influence of methodology on results, on why certain linguistic variables have more stylistic value, and on how the strong normative tradition in France moulds interactions between social and stylistic variation.

A French-English Grammar

A Contrastive Grammar on Translational Principles

Author: Morris Salkoff

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027231321

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 342

View: 7243

In this contrastive grammar the comparisons between French and English structures are formulated as rules which associate a French schema with its translation into an equivalent English one. In doing so, the text presents the general principles needed to build a new translation procedure.

Variability in Spoken French

A Sociolinguistic Study of Interrogation and Negation

Author: Aidan Coveney

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841507002

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 296

View: 9938

A study of two of the most important areas of variability in the grammar of spoken French: the structure used for asking questions and the omission of the negative particle NE; based on socio-linguistic fieldwork in France.

French Picture Word Book

Author: Hayward Cirker,Barbara Steadman

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486277776

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 1540

Delightful learning aid contains 15 scenes of home, school, farm, beach, other environments. Word list with English translations at back.

The Vocabulary of Modern French

Origins, Structure and Function

Author: Hilary Wise

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415117388

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 2109

In this book, Hilary Wise provides a comprehensive overview of the lexis of contemporary French: its historical sources, formal organisation and social and stylistic functions.

French and Creole in Louisiana

Author: Albert Valdman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306454646

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 372

View: 9532

"A comprehensive treatment of linguistic situation of francophone Louisiana and its relation to the development of French in North America outside of Quebec. This title covers topics ranging from language shift and code mixing, and speaker attitudes, to such language planning initiatives as CODOFIL program to revive the sue of French in Louisiana."--pub. desc.


A Self-Teaching Guide

Author: Suzanne A. Hershfield

Publisher: *Wiley Press

ISBN: 9780471837947

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 288

View: 2207

French A Self-Teaching Guide You don’t learn French to make Parisians laugh. But that’s just what happens to many graduates of language courses and books. Why? Because the French they’ve learned is either outdated or a textbook version of the language taught in classrooms. Now, you can teach yourself how to speak, write, and read French like a native in just 15 easy-to-follow lessons. Focusing on the most frequently used words in the language, French: A Self-Teaching Guide shows you a special way to enrich your French vocabulary by over 2,000 words without having to resort to monotonous memorization exercises A special chapter entitled "Faux-Amis" warns you about a group of misleading French words that are spelled the same as their English counterparts but mean something altogether different in French. More than just a language guide, this fascinating volume provides special information on French culture, local customs, and current trends. And for business travellers, there’s also a computer section that includes the latest data-processing terms and a drawing of computer parts—in French and English, of course. Like our other popular STGs, this easy-to-follow program is packed with self-tests to measure progress, special drills and exercises to reinforce new material, and lesson exercises to help you practice the skills you’ve just learned.

The Sounds of French

An Introduction

Author: Bernard Tranel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521315104

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 232

View: 8230

This introductory textbook is principally addressed to English speakers who want systematically to improve their pronunciation of French.