Publisher description for Sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France / Wendy Ayres-Bennett.

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Counter Drawing on a range of case studies, this systematic study demonstrates the variety of language usage in seventeenth-century France, a time considered to be the most "standardizing" in the history of French. Variation is analyzed in terms of gender, age and socio-economic status, or by the medium, register or genre used. The case studies present phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical issues, posing a range of methodological questions for sociolinguists and historical linguists.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: French language Variation, French language 17th century History, Sociolinguistics