French and Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 5872 | Kevin Rottet


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.