French and Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 2663 | 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 sociolingistically-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.

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.

Course requirements and grading scheme:
1. Short periodic written assignments (25%)
2. One Sociolingistically oriented report on a situation of French
in a francophone region which will consist on an oral report to class
(10%) and a written report on the topic of the class report (10%)
(both in French)
3. Class participation and preparation (10%)
4. Language acquisition/sociolinguistic project (25%)
5. Take-home final exam (20%)

Prerequisites: No previous course work in linguistics is assumed;
since the course will be taught in French, in-depth competence in the
language is required.