French And Italian | French Lexicology & Lexicography
F677 | 2315 | Valdman


This course will deal with various aspects of the structure of
the French lexicon.  It will also examine the process of
dictionary compilation and evaluation.  An important aspect
of the course will be hands-on experience in the use of computer
technology for various lexicographic and lexicological tasks, for
example the compilation of data bases, use of the optic scanner,
preparation of concordances, and automatic text analysis.  Issues
in bilingual French-English lexicography will also be discussed,
including review of computer-assisted teaching programs such as
Système D.  Emphasis will be placed on the links between
North American French dialects, especially those of Louisiana,
and French patois, as well as on the preparation of differential
dictionaries in the Francophone world.  Students will have access
to dictionaries and inventories of that type being prepared by
the research teams of the AUPELF-UREF network "Réseau de
l'Etude du Français en Francophonie" and the data bases on
Louisianan and Haitian creoles of ongoing research projects.
Among the topics to be covered are the following:
1.  The identification and classification of French words
2.  The lexical inventory of French: the renewal of the French
lexical stock; borrowing (external and dialects) and internal
creation
3.  Semantic relations; problems of synonymy and polysemy
4.  Metonymy, metaphor and deep-level naming structures
5.  History of French lexicon; etymology, with stress on
structural etymology
6.  Bilingual lexicography
7.  Gathering data for dictionary compilation
8.  Writing dictionary definitions
9.  Sociolinguistic and language planning issues in lexical
development; purism and normative institutions.

NOTE:  THE COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT IN FRENCH; REPORTS MAY BE
PRESENTED IN ENGLISH OR FRENCH.

Basic textbook: Mortureux, Marie-Françoise, 1997, La
lexicologie entre langue et discours.  Paris: Sedes   ISBN
2-7181-9031-0.

Readings in monographs and articles; consultation of various
types of dictionaries and dialect glossaries, with emphasis on
those of North American varieties of French.

Pre-requisites: F580 or equivalent or permission of the
instructor (BH 602; 855-0098/4988; valdman@indiana.edu)