FRNCH305-20A (HAM)

History and Variation of French

15 Points

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School of Arts
French

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Paper Description

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An introduction to the history of the French language and its varieties spoken around the world, this paper also introduces the phonetics and morphology of French. Prior knowledge of linguistics is not necessary

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Language

Coursework and lectures will be mainly in French. PowerPoint slides of all lectures will be available on Moodle after the lecture.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the development of the French language.
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  • Appreciate the importance of the history of French to modern attitudes about the language.
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  • Understand core aspects of French phonology and morphology.
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  • Have a background knowledge of the different patois, creoles and varieties of French spoken around the world, with specialisation in at least one such variety.
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  • Research, analyse and prepare a research project.
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  • Possess the confidence that comes with the knowledge you can write a long essay in French!
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Assessment

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The principal assessment for this paper involves a research project. You will investigate a patois or nonstandard variety of French to find out how it differs from standard French (lexically, phonologically, syntactically, etc) and why (colonial or regional social history). You choose the variety, but everyone must choose a different subject. The project will consist of an essay plan, a seminar presentation, a draft essay and a final essay. The topic must be approved by the lecturer. Possible topics include a variety of French spoken in:

Quebec -- New Brunswick -- The Channel Islands -- New Caledonia -- Normandy -- Louisiana -- Algeria --

Saintonge -- Senegal -- Belgium -- Switzerland -- Paris suburbs -- Cameroon -- Morocco -- French Polynesia

Minority Romance Languages spoken in or near France (e.g. a variety of Occitan) and lexically-French Creoles may also be chosen. Please do not choose a non-Romance language like Breton, Basque or Alsacien because they are too far from Standard French to be easily comparable.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 33% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 33% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Phonetics test
3 Apr 2020
2:00 PM
7
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Essay Plan
20 Apr 2020
4:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Seminar
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Draft essay
22 May 2020
2:00 PM
7
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Essay
29 May 2020
2:00 PM
33
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
6. Exam
33
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Text

Walter, Henriette, 2016. Le Français dans tous les sens. Paris: Points. (ISBN 978-2757859995). An earlier edition of the text was translated into English and is available online throught the Library.

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Recommended Readings

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Suggested further reading includes:

Ayres-Bennett, Wendy, 1996. A History of the French Language through Texts. London: Routledge.

Ball, Rodney, 1997. The French-Speaking World: a Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues. London: Routledge.

Beeching, Kate et al. 2009. Sociolinguistic variation in contemporary French. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Bertucci, Marie-Madeleine. (ed.), 2016. Les français re´gionaux dans l'espace francophone. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang.

Booth, Trudie Marie, 2012. La langue franc¸aise a` travers les sie`cles. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America.

Chaurand, Jacques (ed.), 1999. Nouvelle histoire de la langue française. Paris: Seuil.

Corne, Chris, 1999. From French to Creole: the development of new vernaculars in the French colonial world. London: University of Westminster Press.

Detey, Sylvain. et al., 2016. Varieties of Spoken French. Oxford: OUP.

Faygal, Zsuzsanna, et al., 2006. French: a Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

McWhorter, John, 2002. The Power of Babel: a natural history of language. London: Heinemann (an excellent general work with lots of French examples throughout).

Nadeau, Jean-Benoi^t & Barlow, Julie, 2006. The story of French. Toronto : Random House.

Offord, Malcolm, 1990. Varieties of Contemporary French. Basingstoke: MacMillan

Rickard, Peter, 1989. A History of the French Language. London: Routledge.

Sanders, Carol (ed.), 1993. French Today: Language in its Social Context. Cambridge: CUP.

Tranel, Bernard, 1987. The Sounds of French: an Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

Tritter, Jean-Louis, 1999, Histoire de la langue française. Paris: Ellipses.

Vandeloise, Claude & Anselmo, Frank, 2001. Introduction to French Linguistics. Munich: Lincom.

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Other Resources

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Phonetics practice at Le Point du FLE and at Phonétique.free.fr.

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Online Support

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Assignments, feedback, exercises, links and notices will be posted on the Moodle site for this paper at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

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Workload

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A full-time year is defined as 120 points, equivalent to 1200 hours of study. This paper is worth 15 points, or 150 hours of study, including lectures, revision for the test and exam, research and preparation of assignments and wider reading in French.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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As well as papers in French language acquisition, you can take culture, translation and linguistics papers. If you want to continue investigating a topic in French Linguistics, consider FREN390 Directed Study.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: FREN231 or FRNCH231

Corequisite(s)

Corequisite papers: FRNCH331 or FREN331 or equivalent

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: FRNCH205, FREN205, FREN305.

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