Reference : Rethinking diversity and difference in French language practices
Scientific journals : Article
Arts & humanities : Languages & linguistics
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/15909
Rethinking diversity and difference in French language practices
English
Le Nevez, Adam [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI) >]
2008
Language Policy
Springer Netherlands
7
4
309-322
No
1568-4555
1573-1863
[en] This paper contributes to a debate on linguistic identity and social participation in France by providing a critical reading of language policy and practice. It challenges the notion that France is a linguistically homogenous nation where a standardised French language is universally practiced and, rather, seeks to reframe linguistic diversity and heterogeneity as fundamental and legitimate constitutive features of French society. In exploring diversity from this critical perspective, the paper looks to the ways in which a number of artists and language activists are deliberately and consciously transgressing normative notions of French to affirm the legitimacy of their alterity and difference. The paper does not make an argument against the legitimacy or social value of standard French, but rather argues in favour of a more critical and inclusive approach to cultural and linguistic difference in France.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/15909
10.1007/s10993-008-9096-5

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