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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

French and Francophone Studies: Books

Historical Linguistics

Resources on the history of the French language can be located in the Catalog by subject search. While it may be useful to experiment with keyword searches, a subject heading search is often the most efficient way to find these materials. When searching for resources on French historical linguistics, combine the heading "French language" with additional terms indicating the topic, time period, or type of resource. See suggestions for additional subject headings below. In the VU Find Catalog, limits can also be applied using the "Narrow Your Results" options listed in the column on the right-hand side of the results page.

Subject headings to narrow by time period:

Old French

Middle French

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21st century

Subject headings to narrow by topic: 

Dictionaries

Maps

Dialects

History

Grammar

Semantics

Phonology

Lexicography

Sample searches:

French language--History

French language--18th century--Dictionaries

Reference Works