French and Italian | French Linguistics 1
F576 | 2361 | Prof. Laurent Dekydtspotter


This course focusses on several issues in the structure of the French
sound system which have played a central role in the development of
generative phonology over the last 30 years. These issues, and
particularly the problems of nasal vowels, final consonants, and schwa
on which we will concentrate most of our time, have been treated
extensively in a sequence of frameworks: standard generative phonology
(60's and early 70's), natural generative phonology (late 70's, early
80's), autosegmental phonology (80's and 90's), lexical phonology
(1980's and 90's), and optimality theory (1990's). A recurring theme
of the course is the interaction between morphology and phonology in
French.