F580 | 16910 | Rottet, Kevin James

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 sociolinguistically-
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.