This volume presents a selection of French varieties representing the great diversity of this language along geographical, social, and stylistic dimensions. Twelve illustrations from regions as far removed as Western Canada and Central Africa represent widely divergent social contexts of language use. Each chapter is based on original surveys conducted within the framework of the Phonology of Contemporary French project, described in the Introduction. These surveys constitute an invaluable source of new data for researchers, as many of the varieties included are otherwise undocumented in any systematic way. The chapters follow a similar format: presentation of the survey(s) and the sociolinguistic dimensions of the variety studied; description of the phonological inventory of the system(s), principal allophonic realizations, phonotactic constraints, behavior of schwa, behavior of liaison consonants, and other notable characteristics. The book opens with an informative introduction and closes with a chapter providing a synthesis of the major findings by continent.
1. Chapter 1. Introduction to phonological variation in French: Illustrations from three continents (by Gess, Randall); 2. Part I. Africa; 3. Chapter 2. A phonological study of French spoken by multilingual speakers from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (by Bordal, Guri); 4. Chapter 3. French in Senegal after three centuries: A phonological study of Wolof speakers' French (by Boutin, Beatrice Akissi); 5. Chapter 4. The phonological characteristics of French in Bamako, Mali: A sociolinguistic approach (by Lyche, Chantal); 6. Part II. Europe; 7. Chapter 5. An overview of the phonological and phonetic properties of Southern French: Data from two Marseille surveys (by Coquillon, Annelise); 8. Chapter 6.The variation of pronunciation in Belgian French: From segmental phonology to prosody (by Hambye, Philippe); 9. Chapter 7. A study of young Parisian speech: Some trends in pronunciation (by Hansen, Anita Berit); 10. Chapter 8. A phonological study of a Swiss French variety: Data from the canton of Neuchatel (by Racine, Isabelle); 11. Part III. North America; 12. Chapter 9. An overview of the phonetics and phonology of Acadian French spoken in northeastern New Brunswick (Canada) (by Cichocki, Wladyslaw); 13. Chapter 10. Laurentian French (Quebec): Extra vowels, missing schwas and surprising liaison consonants (by Cote, Marie-Helene); 14. Chapter 11. "Cajun" French in a non-Acadian community: A phonological study of the French of Ville Platte, Louisiana (by Klingler, Thomas A.); 15. Chapter 12. Laurentian French phonology in a majority setting outside Quebec: Observations from the PFC Hearst Ontario Study (by Tennant, Jeff); 16. Chapter 13. Albertan French phonology: French in an anglophone context (by Walker, Douglas C.); 17. Chapter 14. Phonological variation in French: Unity and diversity across continents (by Lyche, Chantal); 18. Varieties and geographical names; 19. Subjects and key notions