Le Franglais: Forbidden English, Forbidden American : Law, Politics, and Language in Contemporary France : a Study in Loan Words and National Identity

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A study of the attempt by French politicians to use the law to forbid the use of words of English and American origin. Classifies some of these words and lists expressions in current use in America and England which are particularly difficult to render in French, comparing these with some equally untranslatable French turns of speech. The book should interest students of language, history and politics. It shows how some of Gramsci's ideas on the nature of cultural hegemony look in practice.

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Arguments
7
Loan words nationalism and the law
43
Law loan words and history
71
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Philip Thody is Professor Emeritus of French Literature at the University of Leeds.

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