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A history of the French language


Creator
Publisher
ISBN
9781134838783,
1134838786,
9780203427330,
0203427335,
Language
English
Category
Subject FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- French. -- bisacsh
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Romance Languages (Other) -- bisacsh
Frans. -- gtt
French language -- History.
French language. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00934333

Description

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.