FCS 196 H1S

French Culture: Exploring Linguistic Variation in Spoken French




“R texting n tweeting like” ruining the language? Do young people speak differently than older people? Are teenagers causing language change? How do we adapt the way we speak in certain situations? Are some varieties of French better than others? In this practical introduction to variationist sociolinguistics, we will investigate these and similar questions through the analysis of linguistic variation and change in multiple varieties of French.

Required texts (paper or electronic copies): :

There is no required textbook for this course. Weekly readings will be assigned by the instructor and will be available on the course website (Quercus).

Assignments and evaluation:

Research project 35% ; Homework assignments 45% (3 x 15%); Weekly discussion questions (in-class/online) 15%; Overall assessment 5%.