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Module

FRE4014 : Historical Perspectives on the French Language

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Damien Hall
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To give students an appreciation of the historical dimension of the French language
•       To familiarize students with a range of diachronic phenomena from both the internal and external history of French
•       To introduce students to selected frameworks theorizing change in French, and to attendant methodological tools
•       To enable students to pursue further diachronic questions themselves

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include most of the following;

1.       What the French spelling system tells us about the history of French
2.       Landmarks in the linguistic history of French
3.       Language contact between England and France
4.       Why are there two pronoun series in French?
5.       Sire vs. seigneur, le vs. lui: Remnants of case in French
6.       Why aimer but amant? Historical perspective on verb morphology
7.       Fainéants and pantacourts: folk etymology
8.       Debates about “good” and “bad” French
9.       How Standard French came about
10.       Enfin, bref, bon: The rise of discourse markers
11.       Aller – ‘to go’ or future tense? Grammaticalization in French

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching171:0017:008h synchronous online. 9h present-in-person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00synchronous online
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8105Issues in the diachrony of French
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A mix of lectures, small-group teaching (seminars), and independent study is best suited to the module’s intended learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,500 words ± 10%
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MClass presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay allows students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a single topic or group of topics covered in the module, together with research of their own to broaden their knowledge beyond what was covered in teaching. The formative seminar presentation is a good way of engaging students with the topics, and it allows them to help each other. As seminar presentations should contain research by the students and facts / analyses not covered in lectures, and as seminar presentation topics can be similar to final essay topics, good student presentations (not necessarily from the same year) are made available to students through the VLE, for revision and consolidation purposes.

Reading Lists

Timetable