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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
34660 MW
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
HRH 2.112

Course Description

This course will be taught in French. The goal of this course is to enhance the advanced student's mastery of major difficulties of French grammar by combining practical exercises with linguistic analyses of the grammatical issues involved. Some time will be spent learning (or brushing up on) the basics of traditional and modern grammatical analysis (parts of speech, grammatical functions, phrasal categories). The course will also involve a systematic review of regular and irregular French verbs. Among the topics we will study are the definite and indefinite article, the system of tense and aspect, relative and interrogative constructions, the passive construction and its equivalents, the causative-faire construction, etc. ASSIGNMENTS and EXAMS: Regular homework to be prepared for discussion in class, as well as written assignments to be handed in for a grade. Three in-class tests.

Grading Policy

Homework assignments and class participation: 25%. Three in-class tests: 75%.



i. Riegel, Martin, Jean-Christoph Pellat, & René Rioul. 1994. Grammaire méthodique du français. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. ii. Additional readings to be made available during the semester. Recommended for all upper-level courses: iii. Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell, French Grammar and Usage. NTC Publishing Group, 1997. iv. Compact Oxford Hachette French/English Dictionary. Also recommended: Online dictionary


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