Beyond obsolescence: A twenty-first century research agenda for the langues régionales

Hall, D.J., Kasstan, J. and Hornsby, D. 2019. Beyond obsolescence: A twenty-first century research agenda for the langues régionales. Journal of French Language Studies. doi:10.1017/S095926951900019X

TitleBeyond obsolescence: A twenty-first century research agenda for the langues régionales
TypeJournal article
AuthorsHall, D.J.
Kasstan, J.
Hornsby, D.
Abstract

‘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.

Keywordssociolinguistics
language variation and change
phonology
historical linguistics
sociology of language
regional languages
JournalJournal of French Language Studies
ISSN0959-2695
Year2019
PublisherCambridge University Press
Accepted author manuscriptHall_Kasstan_Hornsby_JFLS_25042019.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1017/S095926951900019X

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