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DOWNLOAD Ï The Story of French Racters included Montaigne Catherine the Great Frederic II of Prussia the guides of the Lewis and Clark expedition Jules Verne and others Let Nadeau and Barlow guide you through the story of a language used to write some of the world's great masterpieces of literature construct some of the most important documents of diplomacy bedevil millions with its vagaries of pronunciation and beguile everyone with its beau. In addition to being THE authoritative history of the evolution of the French language this thoroughly researched work identifies where French is today and what its future may be The evidence presented identifies the largest impediments to the advancement of the French language the attitude and misunderstandings of the people in the mother country France It is interesting to note that just as these observations could probably not be made by Frenchmen the authors of this book are French CanadiansA bit repetitious at times but a great insight as to why the French language continues to expand its presence in the world despite the onslaught of English

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DOWNLOAD Ï The Story of French Why does everything sound better if it's said in French That fascination is at the heart of The Story of French the first history of one of the most beautiful languages in the world that was at one time the pre eminent language of literature science and diplomacy  Nadeau and Barlow chart the history of a language spoken as a native tongue by 130 million people around the globe The first document written in the F. This is another book that took me forever to read because I savored and annotated it to the point of compulsion Authors Jean Benoit Nadau and Julie Barlow Canadians who are life partners as well as writing partners earlier wrote a book called Sixty Million Frenchmen Can t be Wrong which I also enjoyed While the first book was about understanding contemporary France and French people The Story of French is a much global look at the French language how it began developed and where it is going in the future The history is interesting but I was much fascinated with the discussion of how French has spread globally due mostly to France s 16th 17th 18th and 19th century colinization efforts in North America Africa Asia the Caribbean and the South Pacific I especially enjoyed the descriptions of uebec s efforts to preserve the purity of the French language Whereas the French themselves have become a little complacent lately in allowing English words to invade their language the scrappy uebecois of whom author Nadeau is a part are adament about giving every new technological or pop culture word a French language euivalent The authors discuss the advent of francophonie with a small f which is the global collection of all French speaking countries and La Francophonie with a capital F which is an official organization not unlike the British Commonwealth that attempts to keep the French language thriving and growing globally The Francophonie has such unlikely members as Bulgaria Romania Cambodia Laos and Moldava which have a lot of French speakers and want to see the language preserved in their countries However Algeria whose Arab Muslim population is still peeved at the French refuses to join the Francophonie but still keeps the French language thriving in the country since they learned the hard way that using French is advantageous to their development than falling back on Arabic The authors assert that the importance of French as a global language is not going to diminish any time soon but they suggest the concept of pluralingualism the embracing of than one language in various societies to keep all sorts of languages thriving Tables in the back of the book contain a lot of interesting statistics that rank world languages in order of use For example French is second only to English as the most influential language in the world French is the second most used language of the Internet and French ranks ninth in the world for the most speakers behind English Spanish Hindi and Chinese but neck and neck with Portugese and well ahead of German Japanese and Arabic Billionaires Black Surrogate 2 keep the French language thriving and growing globally The Francophonie has such unlikely members as Bulgaria Romania Cambodia Laos and Moldava which have a lot of French speakers and want to see the language preserved in their countries However Algeria whose Arab Muslim population is still peeved at the French refuses to join the Francophonie but still Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction keeps the French language thriving in the country since they learned the hard way that using French is advantageous to their development than falling back on Arabic The authors assert that the importance of French as a global language is not going to diminish any time soon but they suggest the concept of pluralingualism the embracing of than one language in various societies to Tycoon keep all sorts of languages thriving Tables in the back of the book contain a lot of interesting statistics that rank world languages in order of use For example French is second only to English as the most influential language in the world French is the second most used language of the Internet and French ranks ninth in the world for the most speakers behind English Spanish Hindi and Chinese but neck and neck with Portugese and well ahead of German Japanese and Arabic

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DOWNLOAD Ï The Story of French Rench was signed by the sons of Charlemagne in 832 After this Latin was purged from the courts of France by Francois 1st giving root to French speakers' 21st century obsession with language protection The obsession progressed as Cardinal Richelieu established the French Academy a group entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the language pure and elouent As French circled the globe the international cast of cha. I agree with several other reviewers that this book has some slow spots But all in all I really enjoyed it for two reasons First most of the language history books I ve read have been either based on English or based on obscure disappearing languages This was the first book I ve read on another international language except for English Second the historical section at the beginning of the book did an excellent job of contextualizing all the random French history facts that I still remember from french civ classesThe thing that bugged me the most was their obsession with English and how often they talked about how French wasn t really losing to English internationally I agree that the topic needed discussed but really one chapter would have sufficed My Darrling keeping the language pure and elouent As French circled the globe the international cast of cha. I agree with several other reviewers that this book has some slow spots But all in all I really enjoyed it for two reasons First most of the language history books I ve read have been either based on English or based on obscure disappearing languages This was the first book I ve read on another international language except for English Second the historical section at the beginning of the book did an excellent job of contextualizing all the random French history facts that I still remember from french civ classesThe thing that bugged me the most was their obsession with English and how often they talked about how French wasn t really losing to English internationally I agree that the topic needed discussed but really one chapter would have sufficed

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • The Story of French
  • Jean-Benoît Nadeau
  • English
  • 22 March 2019
  • 9780312341831