A History of the French Language

A History of the French Language

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This well-established and popular book provides students with all the linguistic background they need for studying any period of French literature. For the second edition the text has been revised and updated throughout, and the two final chapters on contemporary French, and its position as a world language, have been completely rewritten. Starting with a brief description of the Vulgar Latin spoken in Gaul, and the earliest recorded forms of French, Peter Rickard traces the development of the language through the later Middle Ages and Renaissance to show how it became standardized in a near modern form in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.One of these, written au, was still pronounced [ao] for at least some sixteenth- century grammarians, before becoming [o] later in the century. The triphthong [ eAiu] had ... later [wa], as in moi, toi, soi, soif, loi, paroi, effroi, Acmoi. The a#39;learneda#39;anbsp;...

Title:A History of the French Language
Author:Peter Rickard
Publisher:Routledge - 2003-10-04


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