French

'Deplorable' Québécois accent has royal roots, linguist asserts

The French typically have an unfavorable opinion of the accents spoken by the denizens of Québec, Canada. But like Martha's Vineyard, many of the linguistic forms used by this community may predate those in France. [Published on 10-09-2008]

Posted by Jacob Goldsmith on April 18, 2019

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Labov, William;
Ideology;
French

Resistance to Borrowing: Léo Ferré's "La Langue Française"

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Léo Ferré's "La Langue Française" (1962) exemplifies standard language ideologies that consider foreign loanwords a threat to a language's 'purity' or even its very existence, the joke of the song centering on the irony of the singer declaring that he loves to speak French as he crams borrowings from English into everything he says.

Posted by Amber Burns on November 6, 2018

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Standard Language Ideology;
French;
Borrowing;
Contact

Tant Que J'ai Soleil (Staring at the Sun - French Version) - MIKA

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A song by French-speaking British artist MIKA, who is known for releasing songs in English, French, and occasionally both, as this example demonstrates. It features examples of inter- and intra-sentential codeswitching and has an all-English counterpart against which it can be compared.

Posted by Adrianne Leary on September 27, 2018

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English;
French;
Code-switching;
Globalization;
Multilingualism

Professor's Universal Translator

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In Futurama, the creator of the Universal Translator states that the machine, which translates English to French, only speaks an incomprehensible language. This shows the language ideology of French sounding like nonsense and not able to be understood. He describes French as being gibberish.

Posted by Kaman Dhanoa on January 8, 2018

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Ideology;
Standard Language Ideology;
French;
Accent

"Fancy-speak"

A box for a chocolate lava cake from Domino's Pizza which refers to French as "fancy-speak" which relates to our discussion of language ideologies. [Published on 03-15-2017]

Posted by Adrian Leary on April 15, 2017

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Ideology;
American English;
French

Paw Paw French

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This video is about a French dialect that is spoken in Old Mines, Missouri. It is said to be one of the oldest dialects of French that was formed in the United States called “Paw Paw French”. The dialect takes from Cajun, American Indian and the Canadian French Language that was made by early French settlers in the 1700’s. It is an endangered dialect that some of the residents of the town are trying to keep alive.

Posted by Stephanie Maxwell on March 10, 2017

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French;
Language Revitalization

Woman kicked out of Quebec hospital for speaking english

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Two reporters from the Sun News discuss the Quebec French language ideologies that have begun spurring discrimination towards other linguistic communities within the region.

Posted by Sarah Patton on October 16, 2016

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Ideology;
Standard Language Ideology;
French;
Communities of Practice

The Specialized Language of Sports

This is a link to a blog post describing the specialized language of sports. This post highlights the various terminology used in a variety of sports. The author describes some of his favorite terms in both American sports as well as terms used in European countries. He likes these terms for the actual sound the words make when uttered. Tags: Community of practice, British, French, Portuguese, Italian, Slang, semantics [Published on 08-11-2010]

Posted by Emily Blessing on September 26, 2016

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English;
French;
Communities of Practice;
Slang;
Semantics

Why these UK school kids love learning languages

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This group of students talk about why they feel it is important to learn a different language.These students are amazing in the sense that they seem so grown up and ready to take on the world, and language is one very powerful tool to help them do just that!

Youth codeswitching

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This is an example of a child having a conversation with both his parents in 3 different languages.

Posted by Kelley Lane on February 11, 2016

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French;
Code-switching;
Youth;
Multilingualism

Toward the end of the obnoxiously prescriptivist académie française?

The current French minister of culture and the French language holds a very progressist discourse about fluidity of language, its constant change and the ever growing richness of it. [Published on 03-12-2015]

Posted by Lucas Dazin on March 18, 2015

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French;
Prescriptivism

How Do You Pronounce "Bon Iver"?

Our discussion of the foreign /a:/ potentially sounding pretentious made me think of this issue... A cause of confusion and debate among hipsters and indie music listeners has been the pronunciation of Justin Vernon's musical project, Bon Iver. I have always pronounced it /bɒn aɪvər/* to avoid sounding pretentious and made fun of my boyfriend when he pronounced it in the more correct way, /bəʊn i:veər/*. It turns out that the band's creator doesn't mind it either way! Could the pronunciation of this band name tell us something about the speaker? It may not be as political as "Iraq", but I think it's worth discussing. *Please forgive any IPA errors, I'm still getting the hang of it. [Published on 02-13-2012]

Posted by Carly Goldblatt on February 5, 2015

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French

Bon Cop, Bad Cop

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A clip from Bon Cop, Bad Cop, a 2006 Canadian movie that bases much of its humor on the use of Canadian French and English in Canada.

Posted by Lucas Dazin on December 9, 2014

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Canadian English;
Code-switching;
French;
Contact

Cajun French Song - 'La Porte en Arriere'

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This video includes a little intro of D.L. Menard speaking in Cajun English with a Canadian interlocuter (Nova Scotia is the other place where Acadians landed, other than Southern Louisiana).

Posted by Allesandra Geffen on September 30, 2014

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Cajun English;
French

Melville's use of "rendezvous"

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An excerpt from Melville's "Typee" with the borrowed word rendezvous.

Posted on September 11, 2014

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Borrowing;
French

France protects itself from dreaded English language

A Daily Mail (a British publication) article on the restrictions on English borrowings into French put forth by the Academie Francaise in France. [Published on 03-12-2008]

Posted by Kara Becker on September 8, 2014

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English;
French;
Borrowing

NY Times: The Benefits of Failing at French

The author discusses the cognitive benefits of adult second language acquisition, which are present whether or not the adult is successful in acquiring the L2. [Published on 07-15-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on July 28, 2014

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French;
Acquisition

American Tongues: Cajun English

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A clip from the documentary American Tongues featuring two speakers of Cajun English who code-switch between Cajun English and French

Language and Politics in Belgium

A 2010 article about the continuing linguistic divide in Belgium (between French and Flemish) that reflects and reinforces a political divide.