French and Italian | Structure & Development of French
F401 | 7261 | Vance, Barbara S.


This course considers the structure of present-day French from the
perspective of historical, geographic, and social variation. How did
French develop from spoken Latin and what did it look like 1000 years
ago? How have the various regional and world dialects of French
arisen, and what continues to make each of them unique today? What is
the relationship between French and languages with which it is in
close contact, such as Breton, Occitan, or Creole? Finally, how do
individuals vary their use of French according to social situations,
and how do speakers continue to innovate, making French  like all
living languages -- a continually evolving form of expression?