French and Italian | History of the French Language 1
F603 | 27673 | Vance, Barbara


F603 provides an introduction to the external and internal history of
French. The course takes three different but related perspectives on
the subject matter: synchronic (study of the structure of Old
French), diachronic (development of sounds, words, & sentence
structure from Popular Latin through early Modern French), and
sociolinguistic (addressing both general questions of language
variation & change and the particulars of the French case). In this
first half of the 603-604 sequence, we focus mainly on the early
development (through the 13th century) and on phonology (sounds) &
morphology (words). Cross-listed with Linguistics and Medieval
Studies.