|Title||Francoprovençal: Documenting contact varieties in Europe and North America|
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 ), 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.
|Language variation and change|
|Journal||International Journal of the Sociology of Language|
|Journal citation||2018 (249), pp. 1-9|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi: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|
|Published||28 Nov 2017|
|Published in print||2018|