French and Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 2529 | Prof. Albert Valdman

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 discussion of the main applied linguistic products in our
societies -- dictionaries. Next there will be a ociolingistically -
oriented survey of the linguistic situation in France and in various
francophone regions, including a discussion of such relevant
constructs as multilingualism and diglossia. The main part of the
course will deal with various aspects of the structure of French:
phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics of French will be
presented with emphasis on the spoken language and a coverage of
social, stylistic, and geographical variation. Students will gain
experience in research methods in second language acquisition research
and sociolinguistics by conducting a collaborative small-scale

Basic Textbook: A. Valdman, Introduction to French Phonology and
Morphology (xerox to be obtained in BH 604); handouts and
references to monographs and articles. The material will be available
at the Reserve Desk at the Main Library, in BH 606 and as xerox
packets prepared two weeks in advance of coverage in the course.