French and Italian | Structure and Development of French
F401 | 2351 | Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter


This course provides an introductory description of the structure of
present day French and a perspective on its historical development. We
will first consider the history of Modern French, and examine its
ancestors. We will then address the issue of linguistic diversity:
regional dialects and languages, and French-based creoles. We will
consider social variety, giving special attention to the structure of
popular French. Lastly, we will discuss the place of French in the
world, and consider language policy. The textbook will be Walter’s
(1988) Le français dans tous les sens. Other readings will be
on reserve at the Main Library.