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FR 4034
HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE B
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G. Hesketh

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR3034 (History and Structure of the French Language A). 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:

That of the overall structure of contemporary French, which will occupy the majority of class time.
That of the historical developments in each area (generally from around 1650) which have made the language what it is today.

In addition, students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

2 one-hour seminars per week.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments 2,000 to 2,400 words (50% each).