Chtimi: the urban vernaculars of northern France by Timothy Pooley

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Both Roubaix and Marcq-en-Baroeul have become satellites of Lille. This has meant greater adjustment for the former wool capital than for a commune situated so centrally in the CUDL that its vocation as a suburb of Lille seems quite natural. Roubaix First Impressions The Roubaisian poet Amédée Provost described his native town as a 'ville sans passé d'art, sans beauté et sans histoire'. While it would be by no means easy to argue Roubaix's merits on the first two accounts, the third part is true only in so far as the history of Roubaix is made up of cumulative rather than spectacular events.

USA: 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007, USA. Canada: OISE, 712 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2H 3RT.  Box 6025,95 Gilles Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. South Africa: PO Box 1080, Northcliffe 2115, Johannesburg, South Africa. Copyright © 1996 Timothy Pooley All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. Typeset by Wayside Books, Clevedon. Printed and bound in Great Britain by WBC Book Manufacturers Ltd.

I have some hesitation in using Chtimi rather than Chti to refer to vernacular speech in the Nord, particularly in and around Lille. It does, however, allow a useful distinction, a Chti being a person from northern France and Chtimi, a markedly regional form of speech, although, generally speaking, both forms are used interchangeably. 3. Claude Hagège's book Le Souffle de la Langue gives an interesting overview of the situation in Europe. Joshua Fishman's Reversing Language Shift not only gives a wider perspective but discusses the implementation of practical measures for saving endangered minority languages.

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