This textbook deals with the ways in which French is used in different circumstances and settings in France and abroad; with the language attitudes of French speakers; and with language policy. It is concerned not only with the linguistic data, but also the social, political, and economic environment in which contemporary French is used. This is the only up-to-date introduction to the sociolinguistics of French currently available. The exposition is clear and lively, and will be welcomed by students and teachers alike.
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