FRE 272H1F

The French Language: A Linguistic Introduction


S. Bello


A general introduction to the structure of French language, from a linguistic perspective. Students will become acquainted with the various components of the language (sound, meaning, word formation, sentence structure) through detailed description and basic analysis of Canadian and European varieties of French. Students will also be introduced to the study of French in the context of bilingualism (second language acquisition, sociolinguistics). This course is mandatory in all Specialist and Major Programs.

Required text:

Zufferey, Sandrine & Jacques Moeschler, 2015, Initiation à la linguistique française, 2nd ed., Paris : Armand Colin. A list of supplemental readings is available on Quercus and/on course reserve.

Assignments and evaluation:

Two in-class tests (2 x 25%); one take-home assignment (25%); attendance at and participation in tutorials and quizzes (15%); overall assessment (10%).


FSL 221Y1Y or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.