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Empire of LanguageToward a Critique of (Post) colonial Expression$
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Laurent Dubreuil

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450563

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450563.001.0001

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Reinventing Francophonie

Reinventing Francophonie

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(p.129) Chapter 7 Reinventing Francophonie
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Empire of Language
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Laurent Dubreuil

, David Fieni
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450563.003.0008

This chapter shows how francophonie may designate the operation that consists, for the one who speaks, of designating himself or herself as colonized, while at the same time transpiercing prescriptive conventions. Yet the chapter contends that all who speak French today still have to disengage themselves from colonial usage. Citizens from the banlieue who grab our attention through words, writers for whom francophonie must be only a convenient term, journalists who too often remain within its parlance, people and passersby who speak among us, must bear witness to a beyond of the linguistic social field in the life of a word.

Keywords:   francophonie, colonial French, colonized subjects, prescriptive conventions, colonial usage, parlance

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