2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Regional Variations and Language Attitudes in French: Picard and Berrichon
Abigail M. Temple
Prof. Gregg Siewert, Faculty Mentor

Despite its overall unified nature, the French language has an extensive history of very diverse dialects. As a result, many modern speakers, especially those in more rural areas have a dual culture, so to speak. This heritage, however, is experiencing a slow but inevitable decline in many parts of France due to the national French language policy. Researchers have less and less time to study older speech variations, though new ones are continually making their appearance. Through research done as part of a 2009 Summer Research Grant, audio samples from a variety of media including film, radio, and cassette tape were collected and analyzed. Original data was also collected through an interview conducted via Skype. Analyses of the findings concerning two regional dialects, Picard and Berrichon will be presented, as well as an overview of the methodology and ways to use new media sources found online.

Keywords: Picard, Berrichon, Language Attitudes, Dialects, Language, Sociolinguistics

Topic(s):French
Linguistics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 36-4
Location: VH 1236
Time: 2:00

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