Credit units: 3
Offered: Term 2 only
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Lang, Lit and Cultural Studies
This course introduces students to basic concepts, terminology, key methods, and analytical tools necessary for the formal analysis of modern French. The first part of the course will deal with the syntax of French. Students will learn the specifics of the rules guiding phrase and sentence formation in French. Major topics in this part include syntactic analysis and syntactic ambiguity, sentence modalities, coordination and relativization in French. The second part will focus on semantics, i.e., the construction of meaning in French at the word and sentence levels. Topics to be covered include semantic analysis, synonymy, antonymy, and polysemy. The final part of the course will deal with pragmatics of French. Emphasis will be placed on the study of context-dependent meaning. Major topics include reference, presupposition, implicature, and speech acts in French texts.
Prerequisite(s): FREN 125 or FREN 212; and LING 111
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