French And Italian | Introduction to French Linguistics
F402 | 2420 | Auger


In this course we look at the structure of the French language from the point
of view of descriptive linguistics, picking up where ordinary grammar books
leave off. We'll investigate the building blocks of language from the smallest
to the largest units--sounds, words, sentences, and discourse--and see how
the French language is both similar in structure to other human languages and
unique in its particulars. We will be interested not only in how native
speakers of French think they should speak, but also in how they do speak and
in the kind of systematicity that underlies both casual and formal speech.
Questions such as the following will be explored with a problem-solving
approach: What makes Quebec French sound different from Parisian French?  Is
there more to the language game verlan than talking backwards? Are
subject pronouns really subject pronouns when they're used in addition to,
rather than instead of, full subjects? The course is conducted entirely in
French.  Prerequisites: F313 and F314 or permission of instructor.