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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date November 14, 2006
Pages 483
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312341831
ISBN-10 0312341830
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.85 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.95
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Summary
Provides a fascinating history of the origins and evolution of the French language, from the first extant document written in French in the mid-ninth century and the purging of Latin from the French courts to the obsession of French speakers to preserve and protect the purity of the language and its role as the pre-eminent language of literature, science, and diplomacy. 40,000 first printing.
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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 French 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 eloquent. As French circled the globe, the international cast of characters 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 beauty.


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from St Martins Pr (November 14, 2006)
9780312341831 | details & prices | 483 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Explores the origins and evolution of the French language, from the first extant document written in French in the mid-ninth century and the purging of Latin from the French courts to the obsession of French speakers to protect the purity of the language.
Miscellaneous
With Julie Barlow | 1 edition from St Martins Pr (January 8, 2008)
9781429932400 | details & prices | 496 pages | List price $9.99
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