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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - French

Undergraduate Course: France: Language and Culture, ca 1100-ca 1800 (ELCF10054)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will investigate the evolution of the French language in its social and political context from the foundations of French literature to the Revolution through close readings of extracts from appropriate texts presented in the form of a course dossier. It will deal predominantly with the literary language, focusing on grammar, syntax, vocabulary and rhetoric. Phonology and morphology will be dealt with only to the extent needed to make readings of the texts analysed meaningful. It will consider questions of register and linguistic biensťance, medieval notions of courtliness and later notions of le bon usage, the role of Latin and Classicism in the formation of literary French and the theories and practice of discourse about language in France from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. Finally the course will consider the constant tension between the diversity of dialects and the notion of a national language based on the dialect of the Ile-de-France as it emerged between the end of the fourteenth and the end of the eighteenth century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able
* to read, analyse and discuss objectively evidence for evolving linguistic usage in texts of varying genres and periods;
* to understand the social, political and cultural forces shaping the development of literary French;
* to appreciate the significance of differing theories of language current in earlier periods;
* to analyse and discuss a corpus of primrary and secondary literature on language in its historical context;
* to discuss in French, orally and in writing, the central concepts presented by the course;
* to undertake independent work and write a dissertation on a topic related to the course.
Assessment Information
One 2,000 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserProf Philip Bennett
Tel: (0131 6)50 8413
Email: philip.bennett@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
Email: Jackie.Barnhart@ed.ac.uk
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