Etude pluridimensionnelle d'un parler : description, émergence et aspects sociolinguistiques du breton de Malguénac

Abstract : This thesis is an attempt to gain a large-scale understanding of a rural community dialect, in this case, the Breton dialect of Malguénac. In order to establish it, the study begins with a description of the phonological system. This description ignores certain well-known aspects which have previously been studied in detail, instead paying attention to both the vocalic system (by far the most original trait), and the accentual system, which had been quite ignored until now by Celtic language scholars in this area. After the most relevant characteristics have been brought out, this study focuses on putting this language back into a context in which it makes sense. This is done according to three axes: space, time and society. From the spatial point of view, Malguénac Breton is thus given a place on the Breton language network as a whole, especially regarding stress and word-patterns. Following on from other observations, it can be presented as transitional haut-vannetais. On the scale of time, the social and demographic evolution of the local population throughout the XIXth and XXth centuries is presented, so as to isolate the linguistic consequences of the mutations taking place in that period. Cohesion is the most striking phenomenon inside Malguénac society: on one hand, from neighbouring communities, which allows a local linguistic norm to be maintained, but also strengthening it as the community opens to newcomers. On the other hand, cohesion also distinguishes the Breton-speaking community from the French-speaking urban world. On this point however, opposition would not last. The sociolinguistic approach deals with this question. After revealing how the language is used in social interactions through the analysis of variation and adjustment strategies by certain speakers, the dynamic relationship that exists between Breton and French is examined
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Erwan Le Pipec. Etude pluridimensionnelle d'un parler : description, émergence et aspects sociolinguistiques du breton de Malguénac. Linguistique. Université Rennes 2, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00335105⟩

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