French And Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 2536 | Auger


The general objective of this course is to impart to students with little or
no previous introduction to linguistics a knowledge of the main linguistic
features of French and to acquaint them with various sociolinguistic and
language planning issues relevant to the teaching of French as a foreign
language in the United States. The perspective of the course is descriptive
rather than theoretical in the sense that, although various theories of
language and its relation to society will be discussed, facts presented in
the course will not be intended to support a particular theory. The course
will open with a survey of the linguistic situation of various francophone
countries and a discussion of relevant constructs such as multilingualism
and diglossia. Next, various aspects of the phonology, morphology, and syntax
of French will be presented with emphasis on the spoken language and a coverage
of social, stylistic, and geographical variation. There will be some exploration
of the parallels between first-language and second-language acquisition, as
well as of current orientations in second language learning research and their
implications for classroom teaching. The course will be taught in French and
some assignments will be required to be drafted in that language.