Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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Viaut A. “Regional language”, “patois” and “dialect” in France: three related notions

Full text in Russian: Вио А. Региональный язык, говор и диалект во Франции: три связанных понятия
Michel de Montaigne University, Bordeaux, France

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Terms denoting minorities languages are analyzed. The notions of “regional language”, “patois” and “dialect” are compared. The notion of “patois” which has a negative shade of meaning was used in France since XVI century for denoting historical forms of Romance languages. This denotation spread widely and was in general use until XX century when it was changed by the notion of “regional language”. The notion of “regional language” became official and not only embodied semantic components of the word “patois” but became connected with local dialects. The evolution of notions denoting language status is considered. The conclusions as to how this evolution may influence further language development are drawn.

Keywords: national minorities, minority language, regional language, patois, dialect, local idiom

 

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Received 5 September 2009. Available online 25 December 2009.

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Viaut, Alain. Ph.D., Professor, Head of Research Projects, EEE (Laboratoire Europe Européanité Européanisation), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 University, Bordeaux, France. Postal address: Maison des sciences de l'homme d'Aquitaine, 10, esplanade des Antilles, 33607 PESSAC cedex, France.
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Viaut, A. (2009). “Regional language”, “patois” and “dialect” in France: three related notions. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 6(8). Retrieved from http://psystudy.ru. [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Viaut A. “Regional language”, “patois” and “dialect” in France: three related notions [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2009. N 6(8). URL: http://psystudy.ru (date of access: dd.mm.yyyy). [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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