Dedialectalization in France: Convergence and Divergence

Hornsby, David (2009) Dedialectalization in France: Convergence and Divergence. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 196/97 . pp. 157-180. ISSN 0165-2516. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article challenges the received view that geolinguistic variation in France is both imminent and inevitable. It is certainly true that France's ancestral dialects and regional languages are in terminal decline, and that a combination of late industrialization and the dominance of an oversized capital conurbation has engendered regional dialect leveling of a particularly extreme kind. But we will argue that new varieties are emerging, and that these represent independent vernacular norms rather than an ephemeral dialect residue as is generally assumed. While these regional French varieties are often embryonic, they are distinguishing themselves via a number of processes, including notably the creation of interdialect forms, differential adoption of urban variants and/or divergent norms for supralocal variables, the retention of archaisms, and local phonological divergence. Francophone Europe is seeing profound changes to the nature of geolinguistic variation, not the end of diversity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > French
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 21 May 2015 13:49
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