Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE FRE2002

 
TITLE Linguistique théorique 3: syntaxe/ Theory in Linguistics 3: syntax

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT French

 
DESCRIPTION Les étudiants, déjà conscients de l’analyse distributionnelle, seront orientés, grâce à cette unité d’enseignement vers une analyse approfondie de la structure du français moderne et contemporain. Les étudiants seront amenés à analyser la phrase simple par opposition à la nature de la phrase complexe Ils aborderont d’autres phénomènes grammaticaux tels que l’étude des types de phrases, les voix et l’aspect. La syntaxe de la langue écrite sera comparée aux spécificités de la grammaire de l’oral. Ceci impliquera du travail lié à des considérations sociolinguistiques concernant la variation stylistique, principal type de variation dans le cas du français.

The students will be acquainted with the principles and method of descriptive grammar and thanks to this study-unit, they will be directed towards a deep analysis of the structure of modern and contemporary French. The students will be guided to analyse simple and complex sentences, whilst learning the different grammatical criteria which govern each format. They will focus on other grammatical phenomena such as sentence types, voice and aspect. Syntactical patterns of written French will be compared to the specific structures of the spoken language. This will involve considerations from a sociolinguistic perspective, related to stylistic variation, the dominant variational type in the case of the French language.

Learning Outcomes:

- The student will learn that the traditional teaching of grammar of the French language is now obsolete and that more modern approaches are now in use;
- The student will learn about grammatical approaches based on structure and will be able to contrast this with later approaches focusing on utterance meaning and the importance of the communicative situation;
- The student will be in a position to solve problems pertaining to the inner structure of the French language;
- The student will be able to handle in a more perfect way the written component of the French language;
- The student will be able to enhance the way he writes and analyses the written language;
- The student will be able to identify and describe in what ways the grammar of spoken structures differs from the syntax of written French.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Armstrong N. (2001). Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French : A comparative approach. Amsterdam, John Benjamins.
- Baylon, Ch. & Fabre, P. (2001). Grammaire systématique de la langue française, 4e éd. Paris, Nathan.
- Blanche-Benveniste C. (2005). Le français parlé : Etudes grammaticales, 3e éd. Paris, CNRS Editions.
- Blanche-Benveniste C. (2010). Approches de la langue parlée en français, nouv. éd. Paris, Ophrys.
- Dubois J., Lagane R. (2004) La nouvelle grammaire du français, 2e éd. Paris, Larousse.
- Gadet, F. (2007) La variation sociale en français. Paris, Ophrys.
- Garagnon, A.-M., Calas, F. (2002) La phrase complexe : De l’analyse logique à l’analyse structurale. Paris, Hachette.
- Gary-Prieur, M.-N. (2000) De la grammaire à la linguistique, l’étude de la phrase. Paris, Armand Colin.
- Maingueneau, D. (2007) Syntaxe du français, 2e éd. Paris, Hachette.
- Paveau, M.-A. & Rosier, L. (2008). La langue française : passions et polémiques. Paris, Vuibert.
- Riegel, M., Pellat, J.-C., Rioul, R. (2016) Grammaire méthodique du français, 6e éd. Paris, P.U.F.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU MUST TAKE FRE2014

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Written Exercises SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Anne Marie Bezzina

 
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