198603Re: Colloquial French resources
- Aug 30, 2013On 30 August 2013 06:03, Aidan Grey <taalenmaple@...> wrote:
> Rather than just another Future English, I'm working on a future French.Well, one could call *me* a good resource on colloquial French (I prefer to
> Wassa is a polysynthetic French that's lost its nasals and its
> uvular/guttural R, and I'm still playing with the idea of tones, but not
> sure it's going to happen just yet.
> To that end - are there any good resources out there on colloquial / slang
> French? The French I know / read is very academic and literary, and I need
> to learn more about the ways that it's already changing.
> I've done some looking, but haven't had very good luck so far.
call it "Spoken French", as there is nothing colloquial about it: even the
formal registers of Spoken French are quite different from literary
French), but I guess you'd rather have something you can read at your
leisure, rather than someone who may not always be available to answer your
questions :) .
Unfortunately resources on Spoken French are indeed very scarce. Resources
on vocabulary, and especially argot, are relatively easy to find, but
grammatical info is just missing.
You can find bits and pieces here:
http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/negation_inf.htm (this page deals with
negation, but also has links to other pages about Spoken French). In terms
of books, _Colloquial French Grammar, a practical guide_ by Rodney Ball is
not bad, but has a big hole in lacking a description of Spoken French's
polypersonal verbs. Could be because it's from 2000. The polypersonal
nature of Spoken French's verbs has been unrecognised for a long time,
maybe because there's still a strong impression among people that Spoken
French is a "debased" form of the language that is not worthy of study, and
thus they will automatically code-switch to something somewhat closer to
Written French when asked questions about their own language.It's difficult
to study a grammatical feature when the natives refuse to use it in front
of the linguist :P.
And of course you can always ask me questions, on- and off-list. I may not
always reply immediately, but I *always* reply eventually :).
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