New PDF release: Multilingualism and Mother Tongue in Medieval French,

By Catherine E. Léglu

ISBN-10: 0271036729

ISBN-13: 9780271036724

ISBN-10: 0271036737

ISBN-13: 9780271036731

The Occitan literary culture of the later center a while is a marginal and hybrid phenomenon, stuck among the preeminence of French courtly romance and the emergence of Catalan literary prose. during this e-book, Catherine Léglu brings jointly, for the 1st time in English, prose and verse texts which are composed in Occitan, French, and Catalan-sometimes in a mix of of those languages. This booklet demanding situations the centrality of "canonical" texts and attracts awareness to the marginal, the advanced, and the hybrid. It explores the various ways that literary works within the vernacular composed among the 12th and 15th centuries narrate multilingualism and its obvious opponent, the mum tongue. Léglu argues that the mummy tongue is still a fable, condemned to alienation from linguistic practices that have been, through definition, multilingual. As lots of the texts studied during this booklet are works of courtly literature, those linguistic encounters are usually narrated ultimately, via literary motifs of affection, rape, incest, hide, and travel.

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