French And Italian | Structure & Development of French
F401 | 2295 | Auger


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 development of Latin into
French and its sister dialects.  We will then address the issue
of linguistic diversity:  regional dialects and French-based
creoles. We will see how varieties of French and French-based
creoles differ in their sound systems, in their grammars, and in
their vocabularies.  We will also consider social variation,
looking more particularly at the structure of colloquial and
popular French. Finally, if there is some time left, we will
discuss the place of French in the world, looking at the role of
language planning in different countries.