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

Jean-Pierre Montreuil

Professor Ph. D. Romance Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

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Interests

Theoretical phonology and morphology; prosody, dialectology

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36025 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 4.102B
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Please see syllabus.

FR 383K • Struc Of Fr: Phonlgy And Morph

36085 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am HRH 2.106C
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Please see syllabus.

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

37305 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am HRH 4.102B
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Description du cours:

Ce cours d’introduction à la phonétique du français permettra aux étudiants de troisième année d’améliorer leur prononciation par une étude systématique de la production des sons du français, en isolation et en contexte. On portera une attention particulière à la prosodie et l’intonation, ainsi qu’à la qualité de la lecture. Les bases de la phonétique descriptive et instrumentale, ainsi que les techniques de transcription, seront étudiées en détail.

Présence et attitude en classe:

Deux absences tolérées (plus fêtes religieuses; voir plus bas). Toute autre absence sera sanctionnée. Toutes les feuilles de travail hors-°©‐classe seront à rendre en classe (ni dans mon casier, ni par e-°©‐mail), sauf contre-°©‐indication. Merci. N'utilisez pas votre portable en classe. L'usage du Mac est réservé au travail de classe.

Manuel et programme audio Pas de manuel à acheter. Mais de nombreux exercices, documents audio et feuilles de travail en affiche sur Blackboard.

Notes

  • présence, remise du travail hors classe: 20%
  • trois interrogations écrites (la dernière étant cumulative): 60%
  • un examen oral individualisé: 20%
  • d’examen final –
  • notes finales avec plus (+) et moins (-)

 Please download the syllabus for class details.

FR 396K • Prosody And Intonation

37387 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 2.106C
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Description:

This course focuses on the suprasegmentals of Romance languages and their organization in prosody and intonation units. It is organized as follows: The first part of the course deals with specific issues relating to the intermediate levels of the prosodic hierarchy in Romance: feet, prosodic words and phonological phrases. Readings will address issues in lexical length, accentuation, rhythm, weight and metrics. The second part of the course will focus specifically on the study of intonation. Several theoretical models will be investigated and evaluated, but the bulk of the work will involve pitch tracking documentation and experimentation at the level of discourse, using PRAAT software. Unless the entire class consists of FR&IT students, this course will be given in English. Several readings are in French. Some knowledge of segmental phonology is assumed.

 

Grading Policy:

 Two short projects will be presented and submitted, one on general issues in prosody and one on intonation. Their quality will determine the final grade. There will be no final exam.

 

Texts:

 Readings will consist of Blackboard/Canvas postings (see Syllabus). Please check frequently for postings. All postings are in the same folder: Course documents. Please come to class fully prepared to discuss assigned articles; you may be asked to summarize entire sections, and to spell out clearly what was not understood. You will always have a full week to prepare them.

 

Download the syllabus for more information.

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36770 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm HRH 4.102B
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FR 396K • Romance Phonology & Morphology

36865 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 2.106C
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FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36685 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am HRH 4.102B
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Qualification 

Vous devez avoir suivi FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, ou l’équivalent.

 

Description du cours

Ce cours d’introduction à la phonétique du français permettra aux étudiants de troisième année d’améliorer leur prononciation par une étude systématique de la production des sons du français, en isolation et en contexte. On portera une attention particulière à la prosodie et l’intonation, ainsi qu’à la qualité  de la lecture. Les bases de la phonétique descriptive et instrumentale, ainsi que les techniques de transcription, seront étudiées en détail.

 

Présence en classe

Deux absences tolérées (plus fêtes religieuses; voir plus bas). Toute autre absence sera sanctionnée. Toutes les feuilles de travail hors-classe seront à rendre en classe (ni dans mon casier, ni par e-mail), sauf contre-indication. Merci.

 

Manuel et programme audio

Pas de manuel à acheter. Mais de nombreux exercices, documents audio et feuilles de travail en affiche sur Blackboard.

 

 Notes

- présence, remise du travail hors classe: 20%

- trois interrogations écrites (la dernière étant cumulative): 60%

- un examen oral individualisé: 20%

- pas d’examen final

- notes finales avec plus (+) et moins (-)

FR 330K • Vocabulary Of Modern French

36710 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.132
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The Vocabulary of Modern French

 

This course addresses the needs of all French majors as well as the interests of anyone who wishes to add flexibility to written and oral expression in French. Its aims are specifically to develop vocabulary and enrich expression. We will focus in turn on the origins, the structure and the function of contemporary words. Through numerous illustrations and exercises, we will develop an awareness of the principles that govern 1) the history of common words, 2) word formation, 3) changes in meaning, 4) stylistic variation and 5) external influences on the language.

 

Textbook:

- Sachs-Wise, Hillary. 1997. The Vocabulary of Modern French.

 

Class participation is essential. There will be regular quizzes, a mid-semester exam, several homework projects to turn in. No final. The course is designed to be accessible and useful to all French majors and most beneficial to those who plan to take senior courses next year.

 

Participation: 20%, Quizzes 30%, Midterm 25%, Homework 25%

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36620 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm HRH 4.102B
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Fall 2011  FR 324L

PRACTICAL PHONETICS  # 36620 

T-Th 12:30 – 13:45 HRH 4.102B

Jean-Pierre Montreuil, HRH 3.108-A, 471-6555

Office hours: T 10-11, Th 11-11:30

 

Course Description 

This introductory course in French phonetics will provide third-year students with an opportunity to sharpen their pronunciation skills by studying the articulation of French sounds, in isolation and in context. Emphasis will bear on prosody and intonation, and much attention will be devoted to reading skills. Students will also learn the basics of descriptive phonetics and transcription techniques. Required for teacher certification in the state of Texas.

Prerequisites  FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

Homework: Please return in class (not in my box, not in my mail). Thanks.

Grading Policy attendance,  lab work and other homework: 10%, three written tests (the last one comprehensive): 70%, one individualized oral exam: 20%, no final examination

Text handouts, readings, worksheets, exercises to be posted on Blackboard

On-line audio: the audio exercises that accompany the hand-outs are all digitized and accessible online 

FR 383K • Struc Of Fr: Phonlgy And Morph

36700 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRH 2.106C
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Fall 2011 - FR383K - 37000.

T-Th 2-3:30 HRH4.102-B

FR 383K - Structure of French: Phonology

Jean-Pierre Montreuil, HRH 3.108-A

office hours: T 10-11, Th 11-11:30

jpmontreuil@mail.utexas.edu

 

This installment of FR383K will focus on:

1- Articulatory and acoustic phonetics. Instrumental methods, working with Praat and Akustyk, techniques of transcription and description.

2- Suprasegmental phonology. Prosodic organization, phonological domains. Weight, length, metrical aspects.

3 – Segmental phonology. Syntagmatic and paradigmatic constraints. The organization of grammar. Assimilations, harmony, mute e, h-aspiré and the role of abstraction.

The course will be given in French with recapitulations in English. The theoretical approach is generative, exploiting the insights of both derivational theory and Optimality. Most readings are in English. After completion of this course, students will be ready to follow seminars on prosody, morphology, dialectology and advanced phonology.

No textbook, but numerous worksheets and readings posted on Blackboard. No final exam. Three one-hour in-class tests. Homework assignments, a short research draft due in early November, a 20-page research paper due in mid-December.

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36880 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm HRH 4.102B
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Course Description 

This introductory course in French phonetics will provide third-year students with an opportunity to sharpen their pronunciation skills by studying the articulation of French sounds, in isolation and in context. Emphasis will bear on prosody and intonation, and much attention will be devoted to reading skills. Students will also learn the basics of descriptive phonetics and transcription techniques. Required for teacher certification  in the state of Texas.

Prerequisites  FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

 

Attendance policy: Three unquestioned absences. Other absences heavily penalized.

Homework: Please return in class (not in my box, not in my mail). Thanks.

On-line audio: the audio exercises that accompany this book are all digitized and accessible online from any UT computer system, at http://www.laits.utexas.edu/itsaud/. Click on fr2-94 Savoir-Dire 2nd ed.

 

 Grading Policy - attendance,  lab work and other homework: 10%

- three written tests (the last one comprehensive): 70%

- one individualized oral exam: 20%

- no final examination

 

Text D. Dansereau, Savoir Dire: Cours de phonétique et de prononciation, Houghton Mifflin 2006.

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36885 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm HRH 4.102B
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Course Description

This introductory course in French phonetics will provide third-year students with an opportunity to sharpen their pronunciation skills by studying the articulation of French sounds, in isolation and in context. Emphasis will bear on prosody and intonation, and much attention will be devoted to reading skills. Students will also learn the basics of descriptive phonetics and transcription techniques. Required for teacher certification  in the state of Texas.

Prerequisites  FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

 

Attendance policy: Three unquestioned absences. Other absences heavily penalized.

Homework: Please return in class (not in my box, not in my mail). Thanks.

On-line audio: the audio exercises that accompany this book are all digitized and accessible online from any UT computer system, at http://www.laits.utexas.edu/itsaud/. Click on fr2-94 Savoir-Dire 2nd ed.

 

 Grading Policy - attendance,  lab work and other homework: 10%

- three written tests (the last one comprehensive): 70%

- one individualized oral exam: 20%

- no final examination

 

Text D. Dansereau, Savoir Dire: Cours de phonétique et de prononciation, Houghton Mifflin 2006.

FR 359 • Contrastive Anly: Fr & English

36465 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.122
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**This course will be taught primarily in French**

Description

In this course, students will be exposed to a number of fundamental principles which structure the French and English language. This systematic comparison will be conducted in three areas: the sound (phonology), the word-composition system (morphology) and the lexicon. From a phonetic point of view, we will compare two distinctive modes of articulation that oppose English and French, and study the ramifications of this basic opposition into the realm of rhythm and prosody. In morphology, we will focus on the notion of grammatical head as we study principles of word derivation, composition and inflection. The lexical component will explore primarily various aspects of the Learned Latinate - Popular French Continuum, as well as the role of the Saxon component in English. Lexical gaps will also retain our attention.

This course will be of great interest to students who seek a better understanding of the grammar of words in French, English and language in general.

Assignments/Grading
Three in-class exams (75%)

homework, preparedness, attendance (25%)

Texts
Joëlle Gardes-Tamine. La Grammaire: 1: Phonologie, Morphologie, Lexicologie, 3rd edition. Cursus. Paris: Armand Colin.

FR 392K • Dialectology

36515 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am HRH 4.102B
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Prerequisite:  Graduate standing and twelve-semester hours of upper division coursework in French.

 
Ce cours de dialectologie, riche en données et en lectures, présentera:
 - une introduction théorique qui vise à caractériser dans ses grandes lignes la démarche du dialectologue,
 - un aperçu général de la situation sociolinguistique des dialectes d'oïl en France,
 - un survol de nombreuses variantes dialectales, par l'intermédiaire de textes, de transcriptions et de cartes d'atlas, et de documents audio,
 - une étude détaillée, à la fois formelle et fonctionnelle d'un dialecte septentrional, ainsi qu'une étude comparative des éléments qui le relient au québécois, à l'acadien et au cajun,
- un ensemble de lectures sur l'évanescence, l'obsolescence et la mort des langues.
 
Chaque étudiant travaillera sur un dialecte différent, à partir d'une bibliographie fournie par l'instructeur. La nature et la progression du cours reflèteront la composition de la classe. Le cours est ouvert aux étudiants d'autres départments et une grande latitude sera offerte sur le choix des sujets de recherche. Mais le cours sera donné en français.
 
Bien que ce cours soit entièrement accessible à tous les étudiants gradués, chaque étudiant pourra et devra exploiter les connaissances en linguistique théorique acquises dans d'autres classes. En plus de travaux individuels - feuilles d'exercice et de préparation -, chacun présentera une série de courts rapports en classe, puis un rapport final. Nous commencerons l'élaboration de ce rapport final dès le début du semestre. Au fur et à mesure que le dialecte de chacun sera documenté, décrit et analysé, selon une méthodologie qui sera prescrite en classe, un document me sera envoyé toutes les deux semaines, qui sera revu puis affiché sur Blackboard. De plus, la classe collaborera à la rédaction d'un rapport collectif.
 
Présentation initiale: 25%, travail final: 50%, travail supplémentaire et participation: 25%
 
Manuel: Jones, Mari C. 2001. Jersey Norman French : a linguistic study of an obsolescent dialect.  Blackwell Publishers. $36.50 at eCampus.com
 
 
Lectures complémentaires à partir de:
 
Armstrong, Nigel & Françoise Gadet. 2009. Sociolinguistic Variation in Contemporary French. Amsterdam: John Benjamins
Auer, Peter & al. 2005. Dialect change: Convergence and Divergence in European languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Benincà. 1989. Dialect variation and the theory of grammar. Dordrecht: Foris.
Braunmüller, Kurt & Julianne House. 2009 Convergence and Divergence in Language Contact. Amsterdam: John Benjamins
Horiot, Brigitte. 1995. Dialectologie et littérature du domaine d'oil occidental. Lyon III: CEL.
Sanders, Carol, ed. 1993. French today: language in its social context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  

FR 371L • Adv Written And Oral Compos

37020 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRH 4.102B
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371L
 
The objective of this course is to hone advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  The communicative tasks of the course are built around a semester-long “channel surfing” of French television designed to introduce the class to authentic topics, genres, vocabulary and levels of discourse.  Students will reprise these elements in their own production, which will consist mainly of writing scripts for various genres of programs, and recording short television shows, both scripted and spontaneous.  The goal of these exercises is to help students review, expand and combine individual language skills into a new relationship with French as a living and lively language.

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