A History of the French Language Through Texts by Wendy Ayres-Bennett

By Wendy Ayres-Bennett

This new historical past of the French language permits the reader to work out how the language has advanced for themselves. It combines texts and extracts with a readable and particular statement permitting the language to be seen either synchronically and diachronically. center texts variety from the 9th century to the current day spotlight important beneficial properties of the language, when more than a few shorter texts illustrate specific issues. The inclusion of non-literary, in addition to literary texts serves to demonstrate the various many sorts of French even if in felony, clinical, epistolatory, administrative or liturgical or in additional well known domain names, together with makes an attempt to symbolize spoken utilization. this is often crucial interpreting for the undergraduate scholar of French.

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2 The Sequence of Saint Eulalia (c. 880–82) Not surprisingly, there are a significant number of common features between the Strasbourg Oaths and the only other extant ninth-century French text, the Sequence of Saint Eulalia. g. pulcella

Hilty (1990), on the other hand, suggests son element refers to the fire and aduret means ‘suffer’ giving ‘she suffers the fire’. The reading adunet is favoured here: while it has been the generally held opinion that the second downstroke of the n is an accidental and therefore insignificant addition, Price (1993b) argues that the stroke is deliberate and, on 32 A History of the French Language through Texts the basis of the tone of the ink, maintains that this correction was probably made by the original scribe.

Intervocalic consonants One or, in some cases, two stages of the modification of intervocalic consonants are illustrated. Through assimilation, voiceless intervocalic stops became voiced (a process known as lenition when a fortis consonant which is made with a relatively high degree of muscular effort and breath force becomes a lenis) giving for example populum>poblo (l. 1), potere>podir (l. 3), sacramentum>sagrament (l. 11) etc. In other items the next stage of the assimilatory process is also indicated, that is when the tongue is no longer raised enough to make a complete closure in the oral cavity thereby producing a fricative: cata una>cadhuna ["] (l.

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