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The notion of norm in spoken French: production and perception


Detey, Sylvain; Lyche, Chantal; Racine, Isabelle; Schwab, Sandra; Le Gac, David (2016). The notion of norm in spoken French: production and perception. In: Detey, Sylvain; Durand, Jacques; Laks, Bernard; Lyche, Chantal. Varieties of Spoken French. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 55-67.

Abstract

The chapter starts out with a reminder of the essential distinction between objective, prescriptive, and subjective norms. It goes on to summarize the main historical stages in the emergence of a standard in metropolitan France, its expansion in scope, and the rise of multi-centric norms beyond the Hexagon, illustrated with the vowel inventories typical of Belgian French, Swiss French, Midi French, Central-African French, and Laurentian French. The second half of the chapter shifts from a production-oriented to a perception-oriented approach to the spoken norm, and reports the results of recent studies in French perceptual dialectology, some of which were carried out within the PFC project (Phonology of Contemporary French). It concludes that Reference French(es) do exist, but may vary depending on the communities and the objectives at stake.

Abstract

The chapter starts out with a reminder of the essential distinction between objective, prescriptive, and subjective norms. It goes on to summarize the main historical stages in the emergence of a standard in metropolitan France, its expansion in scope, and the rise of multi-centric norms beyond the Hexagon, illustrated with the vowel inventories typical of Belgian French, Swiss French, Midi French, Central-African French, and Laurentian French. The second half of the chapter shifts from a production-oriented to a perception-oriented approach to the spoken norm, and reports the results of recent studies in French perceptual dialectology, some of which were carried out within the PFC project (Phonology of Contemporary French). It concludes that Reference French(es) do exist, but may vary depending on the communities and the objectives at stake.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 11:35
Last Modified:08 Mar 2017 09:34
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780199573714
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.003.0005
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010688363 (Library Catalogue)

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