Presentation on theme: "L’Histoire de la Langue Française"— Presentation transcript:
1 L’Histoire de la Langue Française A Brief History of the French Language
2 Le Français au PasséDuring the Roman Empire, current day France was called Gaul. Gaul was invaded many times by the tribes living in present-day Germany. These “Germans” called the people living in Gaul, the Franks. The word France / French came from the name Franks.
3 From Latin to FrenchEventually, the Latin of Gallia “Gaul”, developed, during many years, into French. French is a part of the Romance Language group. Other Romance Languages are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and of course, Latin. These languages are developed from Latin over many years of change.
4 Le Français d’Aujourd’hui “French Today” • Today, French is spoken by roughly 300 million people in about 40 different countries. • The country of France has the largest population of French speakers with Paris being the most populated French-speaking city in the world. • The country Canada has the 2nd largest population of French speakers with Montréal being the 2nd most populated French-speaking city in the world. • Europe is the largest French-speaking continent whereas Africa is the 2nd largest.
5 Qui parle français aujourd’hui ? Who speaks French today?
6 Europe France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, & Andorra Africa 31 countries speak French mostly in the north, northwest, and west central parts North America Quebec, Louisiana, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, & 5 Islands of the Caribbean Sea South America French Guyana