A History of the French Language Through Texts

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 303 pages
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This new history of the French language allows the reader to see how the language has evolved for themselves. It combines texts and extracts with a readable and detailed commentary allowing the language to be viewed both synchronically and diachronically.

Core texts range from the ninth century to the present day highlight central features of the language, whilst a range of shorter texts illustrate particular points.

The inclusion of non-literary, as well as literary texts serves to illustrate some of the many varieties of French whether in legal, scientific, epistolatory, administrative or liturgical or in more popular domains, including attempts to represent spoken usage.

This is essential reading for the undergraduate student of French.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The language of the earliest texts AD 842 to the end of the llth century
15
the earliest vernacular text
16
The Sequence of Saint Eulalia c 88082
31
Extract from the Bilingual Sermon on Jonah c 93752
40
La Vie de Saint Alexis mid11th century
46
The heyday of Old French French in the 12th and 13th centuries
58
La Chanson de Roland early 12th century
60
hacquebutes et aultres bastons a feu 1545
161
Andre Thevet Les Singularitez de la France Antarctique 15578
168
Louis Meigret Le Trtte de la grammre francoze 1550
171
Classical and NeoClassical French French in the 17th and 18th centuries up to the Revolution
178
Claude Favre de Vaugelas Remarques sur la langue franoise 1647
180
Francois de Sales Introduction a la vie devote early 17th century
188
Voltaire Candide 1759
193
PierreAmbroiscFrancois Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses 1782
198

Le Chevalier tie la charrette c 117781
72
The Old French Bible first half of the 13th century
74
Geoffroy de Villehardouin The Conquest of Constantinople early 13th century
80
The Leitre dHippocrate mid13th century
83
Donation testamentaire 1239
88
Lettre de Jean Sarrasin a Nicolas Arrode 23 June 1249
95
Middle French French in the 14th and 15th centuries
98
Cent nouvelles nouvelles mid15th century
100
Alain Chartier Le Quadrilogue invectif 1422
108
Le Testament Villon mid15th century
114
La Farce de Maitre Pathelin mid15th century
119
Le Menagier de Paris end of the 14th century
123
Land sale 23 May 1380
128
Nicolas Chuquet Le Triparty en la science des nombres late 15th century
132
La Maniere de langage end of the 14th century
136
Renaissance French French in the 16th century
140
Francois Rabelais Gargantua 1534
142
Michel de Montaigne Essais 1588
149
Jean Calvin Institution de la religion chrestienne 1541
153
Robert Olivetans translation of the Bible 1535
157
Ambroise Pare La Methode de traicter les playes faictes
160
Jean Racine Britannicus 1669
204
Mercure de France 1732
207
Victor Riqueti marquis de Mirabeau and Francois
212
Quesnay Philosophie ntrale on economie generale et politique de Iagriculture 17634
213
Jean Heroards record of the Dauphins speech early I7th century
216
an early example of Haitian Creole mid18th century
222
Modern French From the Revolution to the present day
229
Michel Toumier Gaspard Melchior Balthazar 1980
232
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary 18567
238
Robert Desnos Langage cuit 1923
242
Gagarin in space
244
Annales de Ilnstitut Pasteur Microbiologie 1986
248
Decree of the National Assembly 20 July 1790
252
Jacques Cellard Chroniques de langage 1972
255
Spoken Midi French
260
Antonine Maillet La Sagouine 1971
267
Summary of main linguistic features
274
Glossary of selected technical terms and guide to the sounds of Modern French
288
Suggestions for further reading
292
References
295
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