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Varieties of Spoken French

Sylvain Detey, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks, and Chantal Lyche


This book examines the variation found in modern spoken French, based on the research programme ‘Phonology of Contemporary French’ (Phonologie du Français Contemporain, PFC). Extensive data are drawn from around the French-speaking world, including Algeria, Canada, Louisiana, Mauritius, and Switzerland. Although the principal focus is on differences in pronunciation, the authors also analyse the spoken language at all levels from sound to meaning. The book is accompanied by a website hosting audio-visual material for teaching purposes, data, and a variety of tools for working with corpora. The ... More

Keywords: phonology, spoken French, variation, pronunciation, contemporary French

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573714
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sylvain Detey, editor
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and French Studies, Waseda University

Jacques Durand, editor
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Bernard Laks, editor
Professor of Linguistics, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

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Sylvain Detey, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks, and Chantal Lyche

Part I Variation in Spoken French: Concepts and Approaches


1 The PFC programme and its methodological framework

Sylvain Detey, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks, and Chantal Lyche

2 Variation and corpora

Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks, and Chantal Lyche


4 The notion of norm in spoken French

Sylvain Detey, Chantal Lyche, Isabelle Racine, Sandra Schwab, and David Le Gac

7 Beyond orality

Lorenza Mondada and Véronique Traverso

Part II The French-Speaking World: Extracts and Analyses

9 French in Bas-Rhin (Alsace)

Dominique Nouveau and Martin Riegel

10 French in Nord (Nord-Pas-de-Calais)

Alain Dawson, Cyril Auran, Caroline Bouzon, Laurence Delrue, Rudy Loock, Kathleen M. O’Connor, and Cédric Patin

11 French in Orne (Basse-Normandie)

Laurie Buscail and Chantal Lyche

12 French in Auvergne (Centre)

Damien Chabanal, Jacques Durand, and Corinne Ratier

13 French in Haute-Garonne (Midi-Pyrénées)

Léa Courdès-Murphy, Jacques Durand, Corinne Ratier, and Nathalie Rossi-Gensane

14 French in Haute-Savoie (Rhône-Alpes)

Elissa Pustka and Martin Vordermayer

15 French in Alpes-Maritimes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

Claudine Pagliano, Astrid Nome, and Léa Courdès-Murphy

16 French in Belgium

Philippe Hambye, Anne Catherine Simon, and Alice Bardiaux

17 French in Switzerland

Isabelle Racine, Helene N. Andreassen, and Laurence Benetti

18 French in the Central African Republic

Guri Bordal Steien, Akissi Béatrice Boutin, and Robert Beyom

19 French in Algeria

Sarah Leroy

20 French in Mauritius

Gudrun Ledegen and Chantal Lyche

21 French in Quebec

Marie-Hélène Côté

22 French in Alberta

Douglas C. Walker and Réjean Canac-Marquis

23 French in Ontario

Jeff Tennant and François Poiré

24 French in Louisiana

Nathalie Dajko

25 French in interaction

Lorenza Mondada and Véronique Traverso

Part III Aspects of Inter- and Intra-Speaker Variation


28 Approaching variation in PFC

Jacques Durand and Chantal Lyche

29 Approaching variation in PFC

Anne Catherine Simon and Anne Lacheret

30 Approaching variation in PFC

Julien Eychenne, Sylvain Navarro, Atanas Tchobanov, and Jan-Willem van Leussen


31 Variation in the capital city of France

Anita Berit Hansen and Kathrine Asla Østby

32 Variation in a rural village in southern France

Jacques Durand and Jean-Michel Tarrier

33 Variation in Switzerland

Helene N. Andreassen and Isabelle Racine

34 Variation in the Central African Republic

Guri Bordal Steien and Akissi Béatrice Boutin

35 Variation in Canada

Marie-Hélène Côté

36 Variation in Canada

Réjean Canac-Marquis and Douglas C. Walker

37 Variation in Louisiana

Nathalie Dajko and Darcie Blainey

38 Variation among non-native speakers

Sylvain Detey, Isabelle Racine, Yuji Kawaguchi, and Françoise Zay