French And Italian | French Linguistics (Phonology)
F576 | 2312 | Vance


The sound system of French has provided much interesting data for
phonological analysis in the second half of the 20th century.  In
this course we will look primarily at four major areas of debate:
nasal vowels, final consonants, mute e's, and h aspiré. In
tracing the history of these debates we will investigate both
linear (standard generative and natural generative) and nonlinear
approaches to French phonology as well as the growing literature
in the framework of Optimality Theory.  Students will read
primary literature, prepare oral and written class assignments,
and sit for a final exam.

Prerequisite: L542 (or equivalent) and a solid command of spoken
French.