#2257. 英語変種の多様性とフランス語変種の一様性[french][variety][history][lingua_franca]


 近代に発達した国際語の代表として,英語とフランス語がある.いずれも植民地主義の過程で世界各地に広がった媒介言語 (cf. 「#1521. 媒介言語と群生言語」 ([2013-06-26-1])) であり,lingua_franca である.しかし,両言語の世界における社会言語学的なあり方,そして多様性・一様性の度合いは顕著に異なる.Bailey and Görlach (3) の序章における以下の文章が目を引いた.

The social meanings attached to French and to English in the colonies where they were used differed markedly. Ali A. Mazrui, a Ugandan scholar, has summarized this difference by pointing to the "militant linguistic cosmopolitanism among French-speaking African leaders," a factor that inhibited national liberation movements in countries where French served as the sole common national language. "The English language, by the very fact of being emotionally more neutral than French," he writes, "was less of a hindrance to the emergence of national consciousness in British Africa" (1973, p. 67). This view is confirmed by President Leopold S. Senghor of Senegal, himself a noted poet who writes in French. English, in Senghor's opinion, provides "an instrument which, with its plasticity, its rhythm and its melody, corresponds to the profound, volcanic affectivity of the Black peoples" (1975, p. 97); writers and speakers of English are less inclined to let respect for the language interfere with their desire to use it. One consequence of this difference in attitudes is that French is generally more uniform across the world (See Valdman 1979), while English has developed a series of distinct national standards.


 ・ 「#141. 18世紀の規範は理性か慣用か」 ([2009-09-15-1])
 ・ 「#626. 「フランス語は論理的な言語である」という神話」 ([2011-01-13-1])
 ・ 「#1821. フランス語の復権と英語の復権」 ([2014-04-22-1])
 ・ 「#2194. フランス語規範主義,英語敵視,国民的フランス語」 ([2015-04-30-1])

 ・ Bailey, Richard W. and Manfred Görlach, eds. English as a World Language. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1983.

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