Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE FRE1001

 
TITLE Linguistique théorique 1: phonétique et phonologie/Theory in linguistics 1: Phonetics and Phonology

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT French

 
DESCRIPTION En phonétique, le travail se compose de deux volets: le volet théorique et le volet pratique. Grâce au premier, les étudiants prennent conscience de l’Alphabet Phonétique International et distinguent le domaine phonétique du domaine phonologique. Ils pratiquent la transcription phonétique et prennent conscience des règles phonétiques du français au niveau segmental et au niveau supra-segmental. Les concepts d’articulation, de co-articulation et de double articulation sont traités en détail. Le deuxième volet vient renforcer le premier: des exercices de prononciation sont effectués en classe, pour améliorer les connaissances et la performance des étudiants en phonétique articulatoire et combinatoire ainsi qu’en prosodie. Cette unité d’enseignement est bloquée.

In phonetics, the lectures are divided into two parts, a theoretical component and a practical one. Thanks to the first part, the students get to extensively practise phonetic transcription of French using the International Phonetic Alphabet and learn to distinguish between phonetics and phonology. They learn the rules which govern French phonetics on the segmental and supra-segmental levels. The notions of articulation, co-articulation and double articulation are dealt with in detail. The second part reinforces the first part of the study unit: a series of drills in the classroom are intended to help students improve their knowledge and performance in the articulationand combination of French phonetic sounds, as well as on the prosodic level.

Learning Outcomes:

- The student will be able to appreciate and explain the great difference which exists in the French language between the oral/aural and written sub-systems;
- The student will be able to read, decipher as well as carry out a transcript of an oral/aural passage in French compared to the written component of the language;
- The student will be able to consolidate the written component of the French language especially by interpreting the role of pronunciation in distinguishing morphological phenomena;
- The student will learn to distinguish between the nasal and oral vowels and semi-consonants/vowels of the French language;
- The student will be able to articulate correctly the sounds which make up the French phonetic system and to produce prosodic patterns which are closer to native French forms.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Abry, D. et Chalaron, M.-L., Les 500 Exercices de Phonétique, niv. B1/B2, Hachette FLE, 2011.
- Canault, M., La phonétique articulatoire du français, deboeck Université, 2017.
- Charliac, L. et Motron A.-C., Phonétique progressive du français avec 600 exercices, niv.Intermédiaire, 2e éd., Clé International, 2017.
- Dubois, J. et al., Dictionnaire de linguistique et des sciences du langage. Larousse, 1994.
- Léon, P.R., Phonétisme et prononciation du français, 4 éd. Armand Colin, 2005.
- Léon, P. et Léon, M., La prononciation du français, 2e éd., Armand Colin, 2004.
- Lambert-Drache, M., Sur le bout de la langue – Introduction au phonétisme du français, Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., Toronto, 1997.
- Ripaud, D., Phonétique essentielle du français, niv. B1/B2, Didier, 2017.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: Grade C or better at Matsec Advanced Level in French.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Written Exercises SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Anne Marie Bezzina

 
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