|Title||Beyond obsolescence: A twenty-first century research agenda for the langues régionales|
‘It is fair to say that variationist sociolinguistics as a whole has not been energetically engaged with underrepresented languages’. This clarion call by Stanford (2016: 526) sums up in a few words our rationale for bringing together the studies presented in this volume. Among all underrepresented languages, we believe that the French langues régionales (as defined by the Ministère de la Culture, 2018; henceforth LR) show particularly well why variationist sociolinguistics would profit from greater engagement with such varieties. This is why we proposed to the Journal of French Language Studies a volume in which not a single article on French itself would appear. We are, temporarily, interpreting the French in the journal title as meaning ‘found in France’, and we are grateful that the journal editors for agreeing to a temporary reinterpretation we felt timely and necessary.
|language variation and change|
|sociology of language|
|Journal||Journal of French Language Studies|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1017/S095926951900019X|