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TITLE Linguistique théorique 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Les langues, quoique montrant des différences quant au signifiant et parfois au signifié, présentent des notions linguistiques communes. Dans Linguistique générale 1 et 2, notre objectif principal est d’initier les étudiants à ces caractéristiques communes à la plupart des langues indo-européennes. Les études portent essentiellement sur le français, l’italien, l’anglais et le maltais. À la fin de ce parcours l’étudiant, conscient des traits généraux des langues indo-européennes, est en mesure de passer à l’étude lexico-sémantique et syntaxique du français. Les enseignements 1 et 2 sont bloqués.

Although languages have differences with regard to articulation and meaning, they have linguistic notions in common. In both Theory of Linguistique 1 and 2, our main objective is to introduce the students to the common features belonging to most Indo-European languages. Studies will mostly concern French, Italian, English and Maltese. At the end of ths course, the student will be well aware of these general features governing Indo-European languages and will be in a position to shift the studies of the French language dealing with study-units on both lexicon, meaning as well as with syntax.

Learning outcomes:

- the student will learn that there are a certain number of notions which are common to most languages, independently to the family tee they belong to;
- the student will learn to distinguish between langue (language), parole (language) and langage (language);
- the student will realize that a given language can be dealt with from a scientific point of view;
- the student will be able to describe scientifically the fundamentals governing several languages, notwithstanding their different ways of expression;
- the student will be able to further his studies in other fields of linguistics related to the current study.


Bally, C. (1950) Linguistique générale et linguistique française, 3e éd. A. Francke, 1950
De Saussure, F., Cours de linguistique générale. Payot, 1985
Martinet, A., Éléments de linguistique générale, 3e éd.. A. Colin, 1991
Peytard, J., Genouvrier, E., Linguistique et enseignement du français. Larousse, 1970



Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Elgar-Paul Magro
Laurent Seychell (Co-ord.)

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