French and Italian | History of the French Language II
F604 | 25737 | Prof. Barbara Vance


In this course we will explore in greater depth some issues
introduced briefly in F603, focusing especially on syntax and on the
later medieval and early modern periods. We will read texts from the
11th-18th centuries, develop (partial) accounts of their grammatical
systems, and compare these accounts to the comments of 16th and 17th-
century grammarians in an attempt to understand the origins of the
spoken and written French of today. Prerequisite is F 603.