French and Italian | History of the French Language 2
F604 | 26295 | Vance, Barbara


In this course we will explore in greater theoretical and empirical
depth some issues introduced briefly in F603, focusing especially 
but not exclusively -- 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 and phonological
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. The semester project may be on
any aspect of the history of the French language as long as it
involves close scrutiny of texts from several centuries.
Prerequisite: F 603