Francoprovençal: Documenting contact varieties in Europe and North America

Kasstan, J. and Nagy, N. 2018. Francoprovençal: Documenting contact varieties in Europe and North America. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2018 (249), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2017-0050

TitleFrancoprovençal: Documenting contact varieties in Europe and North America
TypeEdited issue
AuthorsKasstan, J.
Nagy, N.
Abstract

This special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language brings together articles from an international set of authors that situate the family of Francoprovençal (FP) dialects in terms of formal structures, contexts of contact, practice and policy. FP has been the subject of little scholarly attention. This dearth of research is largely the result of its ambiguous status. Ever since it was introduced by Ascoli (1878 [1874]), the notion of FP has been questioned. There has long been disagreement over its linguistic borders and the linguistic criteria used for demarcation. As late as 2007, scholars have asked: le francoprovençal existe-t-il ? [does FP exist?] (Tuaillon 2007: 9).

This is the first collection describing FP across its entire geographical distribution and assembling varied sociolinguistic approaches. Previous collections include a dialectology volume focusing on the status and structure of FP (Marzys (1971); a posthumous volume focusing on Lyonnais (Gardette 1983); and Fréchet (2009), consisting of descriptions of both FP and Occitan. These works – though important contributions to FP linguistics – provide little quantitative substance. Moreover, little work on FP has been produced in English, which limits access to researchers worldwide who might be interested in the sociolinguistic context of FP or comparison with other minority-language contexts. To begin to fill this void, we introduce FP, then outline the key themes of this issue and the range of sociolinguistic traditions covered.

KeywordsFrancoprovençal
Language contact
Language variation and change
Language policy
Language endangerment
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Journal citation2018 (249), pp. 1-9
ISSN0165-2516
Year2018
PublisherDe Gruyter
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2017-0050
Web address (URL)https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijsl.2018.2018.issue-249/issue-files/ijsl.2018.2018.issue-249.xml
Publication dates
Published28 Nov 2017
Published in print2018

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