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French in and out of France

Language Policies, Intercultural Antagonisms and Dialogue

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Edited By Kamal Salhi

This book examines policy planning and implementation and language variation in the realm of intercultural communication in France, Europe, the Americas, Australia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The book aims to discern trends in the development of the capacity of Francophone speakers to engage in dialogue across linguistic boundaries. Each study in the volume seeks to evaluate and analyse the antagonistic situations that have resulted from colonial culture and the post-independence hegemonic cultures. These situations are investigated through their expression in the French language and the languages with which it coexists in the countries considered here. The expertise of linguists and language specialists in this volume provides formalist and structural insights and an innovative phenomenology of language and newly available quantitative and qualitative studies of synchronic language. These methodologies are applied to a wide range of subject areas: law, history, literature, politics and society. Taken as a whole the book offers a fresh perspective on the issues surrounding French within and beyond France in the post-colonial and Francophone contexts.

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Acknowledgements This work is the product of several years of fruitful research as well as two years of co-ordination and academic stress and, often, overwhelming professional demands. Many people throughout these years bore with me and yet always responded promptly and efficiently to my endless queries; to the contributors I owe a great deal. I should like to thank the following colleagues for the advisory role they played during the preparation of this volume. Dr Farida Abu-Haidar (University of Oxford) Mrs Marie-Anne Hintze (University of Leeds) Professor Anne Judge (University of Surrey) Professor Rachel Killick (University of Leeds) Finally, I am grateful to Elizabeth Kapff, the copy-editor, for her insightful comments on the manuscript and for the attention received from Dr Peter Collier, the Editor of the series, Modem French Identities at Peter Lang. This page intentionally left blank

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