The Vocabulary of Modern French: Origins, Structure and Function

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 256 pages
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In this book, Hilary Wise provides a comprehensive overview of the lexis of contemporary French: its historical sources, formal organisation and social and stylistic functions.The Vocabulary of Modern French provides a fresh insight into contemporary French.With this book, Hilary Wise offers the first comprehensive overview of the modern French vocabulary: its historical sources, formal organization and social and stylistic functions.Topics covered include:*external influences on the language*word formation*semantic change*style and registerIn addition, the author looks at the relationship between social and lexical change and examines attempts at intervention in the development of the language.Each chapter is concluded by notes for further reading, and by suggestions for project work which are designed to increase awareness of specific lexical phenomena and enable the student-reader to use lexicographical databases of all kinds.The Vocabulary of Modern French is an accessible and fascinating study of the relationship between a nation and its language, as well as providing a key text for all students of modern French.
 

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Contents

Figures maps and tables FIGURES 1 The semantic field of siege
6
Changes in a semantic field
7
The relation of hyponymy
9
Lexical paradigms associated with the root sens
10
organised by conceptual field
20
The lexical foundations of French
26
The Celtic languages
32
borrowing from Latin and Greek
45
Borrowings and hyponymy
87
the derivational processes of French
103
Cognitive processes and semantic change
132
Synaesthetic transfer
144
Lexis in society
157
Circular on feminisation Journal Officiel 16 March 1986
166
Lexical transfer among taboo fields
172
Lexis in context
176

The Romance contribution
59
Italian borrowings in French from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century
65
good neighbours or false friends?
79
Gallicisms in English from 1100 to the present
80
Anglicisms in French from 1600 to the present
82
Ticket and related items in English and French
84
from criminal slang to la langue des jeunes
202
The Romance languages 27
204
Codification control and linguistic mythology
220
Bibliography
244
Index
253
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