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

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37030 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
HRH 2.112

Course Description

An introduction to Old French through study of literary texts from the French Middle Ages. Emphasis is placed on description of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the central dialect, Francien, which eventually becomes modern French, but we also consider the two principal dialects, Picard and Anglo-Norman. The course also addresses a number of cultural questions regarding the role and conditions of production of vernacular literature, both sacred and profane, within French medieval society. Final papers may take a linguistics or literary studies approach, but all paper topics must be proposed in advance and approved by the instructor.

Grading Policy

Course Grade:
Mid-term & final exam 30%
Weekly translations 20%
Final paper 50%


Course packet (available at Speedway Copy in Dobie Mall)
Greimas, Dictionnaire de l'ancien français


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