By Henriette Walter
During this finished creation, Henriette Walter presents the reader with a wide ranging view of the improvement of the French language long ago, current and destiny.
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THE AGE OF THE CHRISTIANS The spread of Christianity While the Frankish invasion brought elements of diversification to the language spoken in Gaul, another factor, which seemed to be working in the opposite direction, towards unification, was the birth and spread of Christianity with Latin as the tool of propagation. There is evidence of a first Christian community in Lyon at the end of the second century, but it seems to have been composed of followers of the faith who had yet to acquire a good command of Latin: their bishop Irenaeus, in a 35 FRENCH INSIDE OUT PLAYING GAMES WITH THE ROAD-MAP You could take a road-map of France and have a bit of fun looking for symmetrical formations in which the same name is preceded or followed by the same adjective, such as Francheville and Villefranche, Neufchâteau and Châteauneuf, Longchamp and Champlong, Bellaigue and Aiguebelle, etc.
After the l you will hear a kind of vocalic echo similar in sound to the French ou and to the l in the word scandale as it is pronounced by Georges Marchais, secretary of the French Communist Party (1984–5). At the time when the French language was being formed, the articulation of the l in front of a vowel bore hardly any trace of this ou sound, whereas in front of a consonant in the same syllable it had the sound you find at the beginning of the French word oui (the same sound as the one at the end of the English word cow and the German word Blau).
But have you ever wondered why there is elision in l’homme and obligatory liaison in les honneurs when there is no elision in le hêtre and no liaison in les hanches? It is because of the Franks. The /h/ of hêtre or hanche does not now get the same treatment as the /h/ in homme or honneur because there was a time when words like hêtre or hanche, introduced into Gaul by the Germanic peoples, 32 WHERE DOES FRENCH COME FROM? were pronounced with a true consonantal /h/, as in their language, whereas words like homme or honneur, which came from Latin, were not.
French Inside Out: The Worldwide Development of the French Language in the Past, the Present and the Future by Henriette Walter