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

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34725 TTh
12:30 PM-3:00 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

Graduate Standing This course introduces students to the structure, function and meaning of words in French, with frequent comparisons to other Romance languages as well as to English. Although a lot of data will be covered - and this course can indeed be seen as an excellent opportunity to explore the richness of word relationships in French - the emphasis in lectures will bear on formal and structural considerations and on the organization of grammar as it is revealed by French morphemes and words. The interaction between morphology on the one hand and prosodic, lexical, semantic and phonological phenomena on the other hand will be scrutinized (in other words, very little morphosyntax). Various analytical frameworks will be considered, with a special focus on Lexicalist Morphology. Notions of productivity, of lexical access, of morphological freedom, of suppletion, of paradigm pressure etc... will be studied as we cover the derivational, inflectional, compositional processes that have shaped our vocabulary. Expect occasional incursions into historical morphology. Papers - written and presented - will determine the final grade. First-year students may write a (mostly) descriptive paper. More advanced students must apply theoretical frameworks studied in other courses. For students in our program, any effort to write a paper in French will be encouraged, although this is not a requirement. The course will be taught mostly in French if the constituency of the class allows it. There is no prerequisite for the class. 392K - Morphology satisfies requirements in Area 5.


1) Haspelmath, Martin. 2002. Understanding Morphology. London, NewYork: Oxford University Press. 290 pages. ISBN: 0 340 76026 5 (paperback) 2) Huot, Hélène. 2001. Morphologie: forme et sens des mots du français. Paris: Armand Colin. 191 pages. ISBN: 2 200 25261 7 (paperback) These two small textbooks contain mostly introductory materials, which will be supplemented after Week 4 by readings posted on Blackboard.


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