French and Italian | Applied French Linguistics
F580 | 9616 | Rottet, Kevin


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.