`This book is an irreplaceable aid to understanding the connotative meaning of words and indeed sometimes the meaning of the words themselves ... this dictionary really helps one to get under the skin of the language and culture of France. The dictionary definitions are light-hearted and this book will delight teachers, students and lovers of the French language alike.'
Chrystel Hug, Alliance Francaise de Londres, UK
The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in Modern French reveals the hidden cultural dimension of contemporary French, as used in the press, going beyond the limited and purely lexical approach of traditional bilingual dictionaries.
Even foreign learners of French who possess a good level of French often have difficulty in fully understanding French articles, not because of any linguistic shortcomings on their part but because of their inadequate knowledge of the cultural references.
This cultural dictionary of French provides the reader with clear and concise explanations of the crucial cultural dimension behind the most frequently used words and phrases found in the contemporary French press. This vital background information, gathered here in this innovative and entertaining dictionary, will allow readers to go beyond a superficial understanding of the French press and the French language in general, to see the hidden yet implied cultural significance that is so transparent to the native speaker.
The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in Modern French is the ideal reference for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of French seeking to enhance their understanding of the French language. It will also be of interest to teachers, translators and Francophiles alike. French students in khagne, Sciences-Po and schools of journalism will also find this valuable and relevant for their studies.
- Foreign Language Study, Language + Art + Disciplines
- French, General
- English, French
- May 24, 2011
- May 24, 2011
- Michael Mould