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Module

FRE2044 : Linguistic Variation in French

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Damien Hall
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

- In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, to build on skills gained at Stage 1.
- To provide students with a solid knowledge of how, and according to which social and regional factors, language use varies in France and the rest of the Francophone world.
- To provide students with a solid knowledge of aspects of general sociolinguistic theory possibly relevant to language use in France in particular.
- To provide preparation for the Year Abroad.
- To provide students with the knowledge necessary to carry out detailed studies of language variation in France, either during their Year Abroad, or during Stage 4.
- Through the assessed presentation requirement, to provide students with practice in presenting information to an audience.
- To provide students with the opportunity to carry out genuine research, even at undergraduate level. This could arise either through the essay or through the students applying the knowledge gained in this module, when they are in French-speaking countries in the following year: for example, they could take voice-recorders abroad, carry out interviews, and analyse those interviews for a Dissertation in Stage 4. All the students will be offered this opportunity, but whether or not to take it would be entirely up to individuals.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will attend two hours of lecture and one hour of seminar each week. Lectures will present the fundamental and theoretical issues. The assessed presentations will take place in seminars. If there are not enough assessed presentations to fill our seminar time, exercises on the topic of the week will be provided.

The progression of topics will be roughly:
1. Setting the issues
2. Axes of variation in French (how can French vary?)
3. Language variation in France and the Francophone world
4. Phonological variation in French
5. (Morpho-)syntactic variation in French
6. Labovian sociolinguistics and French
7. ‘Sociolinguistique’ in France
8. World Frenches

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable