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

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36090 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.108

Course Description

This course is taught in French. This course constitutes an introduction to descriptive linguistics of French. It covers the basic concepts of the major fields of French linguistics: phonetics and phonology (sounds), morphology (forms of words), syntax (structure of sentences) and semantics (meaning). It also deals with other important fields of linguistics, including psycholinguistics (acquisition), historical linguistics (how French evolved) and sociolinguistics (standard French, varieties of French, where French is spoken around the world). Emphasis will be put on the basic terminology of the different linguistic fields and analytical methods using French data. It will be important to be able to recognize and illustrate a variety of linguistic phenomena in French. No background in linguistics is required.

Grading Policy

Active participation (homework, attendance, preparedness) 10% Mid-session exam 20% Mid-session exam 20% Mid-session exam 20% Final exam 30% Note: All exams after the first one are to a certain degree cumulative.


Required: * Antes, Theresa A. 2007. Analyse linguistique de la langue française. New Haven: Yale University Press. Sporadically, other readings will be taking from: * Boysson-Bardies, Bénédicte de. 2003. Le langage, qu'est-ce que cest?. Paris: Odile Jacob. * Fagyal, Zsuzsanna, Douglas Kibbee and Frederic Jenkins. 2006. French: A Linguistic Introduction, Leiden: Cambridge University Press. * Pinker, Steven. 1999. Linstinct du langage. Paris: Odile Jacob.


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