Southern Regional French
A Linguistic Analysis of Language and Dialect Contact

Damien Mooney

Research Monographs in French Studies 47

Legenda

19 December 2016  •  170pp

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Despite apparent interest in defining français régional since as early at the nineteenth century, we have been left wondering about the precise origins and changing nature of contemporary regional varieties of French, particularly in the south of France. Through an examination of linguistic transfer, in a situation of bilingualism, and of levelling and diffusion during dialect contact, this study examines the hypothesis that regional French pronunciations have resulted from contact with France's minority languages, and challenges the received view that young Southerners are abandoning their regional lilt in favour of a more cosmopolitan Parisian accent. The differential mechanisms of linguistic change active during the genesis and evolution of both northern and southern regional French, as well as broader questions concerning the interface between language and dialect contact in France, are also discussed.

Damien Mooney is Lecturer in French Linguistics at the University of Bristol.

Reviews:

  • ‘Encapsulates both the challenges and the promise of linguistics for history... the kinds of suggestive connections between linguistic form, social identity, and cultural context traced in chapter six hint at the considerable possibilities for integrating a substantive study of language into cultural history. It is to be hoped that more historians will take up this challenge.’ — Paul Cohen, H-France 18, February 2018, no. 5
  • ‘Un travail de grande qualité et sera une référence incontournable pour tous les dialectologues, phonologues et sociolinguistes qui s’intéressent à la variation phonologique en français.’ — Julien Eychenne, French Studies 72.3, July 2018, 484-85

Contents:

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Southern Regional French: Southern Regional French
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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Introduction
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8-24
Chapter 1 Research Context
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25-42
Chapter 2 Phonological Systems
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43-63
Chapter 3 Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
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64-90
Chapter 4 Language Contact: Evidence For Linguistic Transfer
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91-110
Chapter 5 Dialect Contact: Evidence For Supralocalisation
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111-122
Chapter 6 Rethinking Regional French
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123-125
Conclusion
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126-132
Bibliography
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133-155
Appendices
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156-160
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Mooney, Damien, Southern Regional French: A Linguistic Analysis of Language and Dialect Contact, Research Monographs in French Studies, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Damien Mooney, Southern Regional French: A Linguistic Analysis of Language and Dialect Contact, Research Monographs in French Studies, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Mooney, p. 47.

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Mooney, Damien. 2016. Southern Regional French: A Linguistic Analysis of Language and Dialect Contact, Research Monographs in French Studies, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Mooney 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Mooney 2016: 21.

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