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

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36680 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.106

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 areas of study including acquisition of French, the history of the French language, and varieties of French 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.


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