French: A Linguistic Introduction (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 2006 - Foreign Language Study
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French is used on every continent, spoken not only in France but also in Belgium, Switzerland, North America, the Caribbean, Polynesia and Africa. This is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the structure of French, suitable for those with little prior knowledge of linguistics or of the French Language. It clearly introduces the language's history, phonetics (pronunciation), phonology (sound system), morpho-syntax (how words and sentences are formed), pragmatics (how speakers express meaning), and lexicology (the study of word composition and derivation) - with each chapter showing how these aspects are subject to regional and social variation. English translations are provided for all examples, and the book contains an extensive bilingual glossary of linguistic terms, and numerous exercises and essay questions in every chapter. French: A Linguistic Introduction will be welcomed by advanced language learners, and by linguists studying the structure of this important language.
  

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Contents

1 Defining the object of study
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a
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BRETON
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2 Phonetics and phonology
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in certain dialects of French only
20
Figure 21 Principal places of articulation
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222 Nasal vowels
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b
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23 je suisamericaine I am American pronoun + verb +
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3 Topics in morphology and syntax
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Figure 32 Schematic syntactic trees of the two meanings of
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39 Passive voice
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4 Lexicology and derivational morphology
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43 Semantic relations
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de Croissanc is a smicard A student at the Ecole
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462 Truncation
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A diminishing number of speakers in rural areas of France
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24 Beyond the segment
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Phonological utterance
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5 Pragmatics
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6 Historical perspectives
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Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Zsuzsanna Fagyal is Assistant Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Douglas Kibbee is Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Fred Jenkins is Associate Professor Emeritus of French Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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