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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Anna Troyansky

M.A. in French, The University of Texas at Austin

2014-15 Walther Scholar
Anna Troyansky

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-8458
  • Office: HRH 4.128
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-3:30, Thursdays 2-3
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Biography

The program in French Linguistics brought me back to Texas, the state where I grew up, after eight years away.  I studied French at Bowdoin College, a small liberal-arts college in Maine, where I wrote an honors project on written and oral variants of the type of fairy tale where children are left in the woods by their parents (i.e. Jeannot et Margot, Le Petit Poucet).  I spent my junior year abroad in Paris through the Hamilton College program  and took most of my courses at Paris III and the Institut Catholique where I first got a taste of linguistics.  After graduating, I taught foreign language for four years – teaching English in primary schools in Brittany and then middle and high school level French in Virginia.  From personal experience of living in France (Versailles, Limousin, Paris) and learning French at a young age (age 7 and 12), I am now interested in studying issues in bilingualism, relating to both language acquisition and language contact.  I have spent summers leading student trips to France, attending the LSA summer institute (2009), and studying Arabic intensively.  I have incorporated this interest in Arabic into several projects in French linguistics courses and plan to continue in this line of research for my dissertation.  In fall 2012, I traveled to the Diachro VI: Le français en diachronie conference in Leuven, Belgium where I presented a sociohistorical paper on variation in the use aller and être in family letters dating from the 19th century.  Outside of courses, I have been involved in FIGSO, directing and producing UT French department's student productions of Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Racine's Les Plaideurs.

Interests

bilingualism, language contact, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, sociohistorical linguistics, dialectology

FR 611C • Intermediate French

37235 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm CLA 1.108
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611C. Intermediate French. An intensive intermediate course with
emphasis on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Does not meet the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.
Six lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following
may be counted: French 310K, 611C, 612, 312K. French 310L and 611C
may not both be counted. French 611C and 612 may not both be counted.
French 611C and 312L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: French
601C, 604, 507, or 508K with a grade of at least C.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36975 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 400pm-500pm MEZ 1.120
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Beginning French. An intensive beginning course with an emphasis
on basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six
lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may
be counted: French 601C, 604, 506. Only one of the following may be
counted: French 601C, 604, 507, 508K.

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