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FR 3034
HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE A
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Hesketh

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 with a knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 4034 (History and Structure of the French Language B). It will be available in 2012/13 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

The course offers an introduction to French linguistics in, so far as possible, a non-technical way. Three major areas are explored : language and society; aspects of grammar; words and meanings. Each of these areas is considered from two points of view : first, that of the overall structure of contemporary French, which will occupy the majority of class time; second, that of the historical developments in each area (generally from around 1650) which have made the language what it is today.

2 one-hour seminars per week.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments 1,800 to 2,000 words (50% each)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).