Topics in French Linguistics

Subject FREN30007 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour seminar and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

2.5 contact hours/week, 6 additinoal hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week


French 4 or French 6 or French Language and Culture 1B or French Intermediate Language & Culture B or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 116-022 Spoken French: Theory and Practice or Topics in French Linguistics at Level 2 may not enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to introduce students to French linguistics, with the focus on varieties of French both within and outside France. Topics will vary, and may include geographical variation, for example the importance of French as a symbol of identity in Quebec, or the complexities of multilingualism in Mauritius and the structure and origins of French-based creoles. and social variation and register, for example, features of the French spoken by young people in France, and differences between colloquial spoken and formal written forms of the language. The subject will be taught in French.

  • Have developed an understanding of language variation in France and/or in Francophone countries.
  • Be familiar with various approaches to the study of language, ranging from the relationship between language and identity to the grammatical and pragmatic rules governing colloquial language.

One 60-minute written test or one in class presentation (during semester) 30%, practical exercises totalling 1000 words (during semester) 20%, and an essay of 2000 words in French (due at the end of semester) 50%.

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Livret de l'etudiant Prepared by the School
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • Develop particular generic skills: Thinking in theoretical and analytical terms: through lectures, tutorial discussion, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences. Understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of French culture, and by formulating arguments. Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French

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