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French in and out of France

Language Policies, Intercultural Antagonisms and Dialogue


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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Contributors Farid Aitsiselmi is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Bradford where he teaches French language and linguistics. His research interests include sociolinguistics and language in contemporary France with special reference to the North African migrant population. He has edited : Black Blanc Beur: Youth umguage and Identity in France (Interface: Bradford Studies in Language. Culture and Society. Issue 5. 2000). Nigel Armstrong teaches French and sociolinguistics in the Department of French at the University of Leeds. All current research projects focus on variation in the spoken French of the Hexagon. He has recently authored Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French: A Comparative Approach (John Benjamins, 200 I) and co-edited with Kate Beeching and Cecile Bauvois. La langue frall(;aise au jeminin. Le sexe et le genre a.ffectent-ils Ia variationlinguistique? (l'Harmattan. 2001 ). Malak Badrawi is part-time Lecturer of Middle East history at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. Her field of specialisation is modem Egypt. She has authored. Ismail Sidqi 1875-1950: Pragmatism and Vision in Twentieth Celltury Egypt (Curzon, 1996) and Political Violence in Egypt in 1910-1925 (Curzon, 2000). Peter Brown is Senior Lecturer in French at the Australian National University, Can- berra. His research interests are in French literature and Ia jrancophonie, particularly concerning the Pacific. For the past decade he has been the Australian correspondent for L'Amu!e Francophone flltemationale and is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Obsermtoire du Frmu;ais, a project of the Agence Universitaire de Ia...

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