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Part I. Preliminaries: 1. 'The French of Paris' 2. The analytical frame Part II. The Pre-Industrial City: 3. Demographic take-off 4. The beginnings of Parisian French 5. The medieval written evidence Part III. The Proto-Industrial City: 6. Social and sociolinguistic change, 1400-1750 7. Variation in the Renaissance city 8. Variation during the Ancien Re;gime 9. Salience and reallocation Part IV. The Industrial City: 10. Industrial growth, 1750-1950 11. Standardisation and dialect-levelling 12. Lexical variation Conclusion Appendix References.