FRE 272H1F

The French Language: A Linguistic Introduction


F. Hamlaoui


A general introductory course on the structure of the French language including a descriptive study of meaning, sound, word and sentence structure. One of the main objectives of the course is to acquaint students with the various components of the language through the analysis of contemporary Canadian and European French. This involves an analysis of their synchronic functioning from a structuralist point of view as opposed to traditional grammatical classification. 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%).

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

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.