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By Peter Rickard

This well-established and renowned booklet offers scholars with the entire linguistic historical past they want for learning any interval of French literature. For the second one variation the textual content has been revised and up-to-date all through, and the 2 ultimate chapters on modern French, and its place as a global language, were thoroughly rewritten. beginning with a quick description of the Vulgar Latin spoken in Gaul, and the earliest recorded kinds of French, Peter Rickard lines the improvement of the language during the later center a while and Renaissance to teach the way it grew to become standardized in a close to sleek shape within the 17th and eighteenth centuries.

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