This chapter considers prescriptivism in the French language from a comparative perspective, focusing on a particular type of metalinguistic text, namely texts providing “language advice”. It provides a discussion of prescriptivism in general, outlines the development of prescriptivism in two French-speaking areas, France and Quebec, and gives an overview of the types of “language advice” texts produced in both places since the seventeenth century. A case study then analyses the language areas most commonly discussed/critiqued in a corpus of metalinguistic texts from France and Quebec ranging from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, and also examines one means by which prescriptivism can be enacted in such texts, namely the use of metaphor or imagery, specifically those concerning health/sickness.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Prescriptivism|
|Editors||Joan C. Beal, Morana Lukač, Robin Straaijer|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 05 May 2023|