LECON DE VOCABULAIRE

SOUND INSTALLATION — 2015

28.02.2017 > 24.03.2017 within the exhibition  Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - 2 at Orléans university.

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Cabinet de curiosité des langues des France - Orléans, 2015

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Cabinet de curiosité des langues des France - Orléans, 2015

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Cabinet de curiosité des langues des France - Orléans, 2015

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Cabinet de curiosité des langues des France - Orléans, 2015

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Cabinet de curiosité des langues des France - Orléans, 2015

  • Leçon de vocabulaire @ Festival Etsetala - Staffelfelden, 2016

VOCABULARY LESSON

Slang, a creative, ever-changing and highly colorful vernacular, spreads at the same time that it is continuously renewed. Each generation of insiders invents a new argot that comes to permeate even the ordinary speech of outsiders. Like the “classic” cant of thieves and pimps, today’s teen speak serves as a cryptic shibboleth to forge community identity – and exclude “the others” who speak the standard language of adults, of school and the establishment. French teen argot is now heavily influenced by the emergence of SMS “textese”, as well as by the languages of the countries of origin of immigrant families in France, hence the prevalence of words of Arabic origin in latter-day French slang.

This sound piece features neologisms used by 12–17-year-olds from various French cities and their thoughts on French as spoken today. They give us a veritable “language lesson”.

Duration : around 10 minutes

Leçon de vocabulaire - extrait

CREDITS

The teenageers voices were recorded during interviews conducted by Cécile Babiole in July 2015 at the social center ASELQO–Gare in Orléans, in april 2016 at la Margelle in Staffelfelden and at Sahel Vert in Wittelsheim, in September 2016 in Tremblay-en France .

With the help of DGLFLF (Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France)

LAST SHOWS

- 11.10.2016 > 15.10.2016 Festival Photophore à l’Odéon Scène Jean-Roger Caussimon - 1 place du bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 93290 Tremblay-en-France

- 20.05.2016 > 22.06.2016 within festival Etsetala in Staffelfelden

- 06.11.2015 > 20.11.2015 within the exhibition Cabinet de curiosités des langues de France - 1 at the theater of Orléans.