Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Français Médiéval

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Français Médiéval

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Frédéric Duval, Le Français médiéval (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009). 396 pp. ISBN 978-2503-53205-9. euro40.00. This book is intended for medieval historians but will also be invaluable for students of literature and philology as it offers a wealth of up-to-date references to the history of the French language in the Middle Ages (including dialects and scriptae) and essential tools such as dictionaries, grammars, chrestomathies, and online databases. It also presents a rich collection of excerpts from a very broad range of literary and non-literary texts and as such it opens a unique window on the period's vernacular culture and knowledge. The first part gives a historical overview of Medieval French from its origins to the fifteenth century, including discussion of substrate and superstrate, of the Latinization of Gaul, and of dialects and scriptae. The author also explores social and stylistic variations. The second part focuses on the understanding of Medieval French, listing and reviewing philological tools for study while paying particular attention to form (in terms of writing, spelling, and dialectal variation). It ends with a short outiine of Old French morphology and syntax. The third part examines how medieval texts are edited and where they can be found. …

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