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FEL-262357-19
Lingua Franca in the "Dictionnaire de la langue franque": historical, typological, and theoretical perspectives
Natalie Operstein, Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

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The Lingua Franca (Book Manuscript) (Book)
Title: The Lingua Franca (Book Manuscript)
Author: Natalie Operstein
Abstract: This is a research monograph on Lingua Franca, a Romance-lexified contact vernacular that was used for interethnic communication in the Mediterranean from the medieval period until the end of the nineteenth century, based on the anonymous Dictionnaire de la langue franque ou petit mauresque which constitutes our principal source of information about this theoretically important but still substantially understudied language. The monograph provides a linguistic and philological study of the Dictionnaire, focusing on its authorship and underlying models; and endeavors to situate the Dictionnaire’s Lingua Franca in cross-linguistic typological space between its Romance lexifiers, on the one hand, and pidgins, on the other. The monograph refines our understanding of the typology of contact outcomes by demonstrating that the Dictionnaire’s Lingua Franca shows greater synchronic and diachronic typological alignment with Romance languages than with pidgins, with which it is usually classified, and contributes to the long-standing question of the Dictionnaire’s authorship by firmly linking its preparation to the activities of the American consulate in Algiers in the years immediately preceding the French invasion of Algeria.
Year: 2020
Publisher: Not yet known
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: Not yet known
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The French connection: William Brown Hodgson’s mission in Algiers and the Dictionnaire de la langue franque (Article)
Title: The French connection: William Brown Hodgson’s mission in Algiers and the Dictionnaire de la langue franque
Author: Natalie Operstein
Abstract: This paper communicates the hypothesis that the key publication on the Mediterranean Lingua Franca, published anonymously in Marseilles in 1830 and known as Dictionnaire de la langue franque, was composed by the American consular officer William Brown Hodgson within the framework of his U.S. State Department mission in Algiers carried out between 1826 and 1829. By removing, for the first time, the anonymity of the Dictionnaire, and by linking its publication to the activities of the American consulate in Algiers shortly before the French invasion of Algeria, the paper opens unexpected new avenues for both linguistic and historical research.
Year: 2019
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Mediterranean Language Review
Publisher: Harrassowitz


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