2023-2024 / LROM0068-1

Syntactic modelling of French


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Nicolas Mazziotta

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course covers the syntactic description of spoken French, highlighting its specificities.

The course demonstrates the limitations of the models proposed by traditional grammar and structural analysis to show how these limitations have been overcome using models that take into account the structure of spoken language.

The course consists of three parts:

  • an introduction to spoken French;
  • a presentation of specific syntactic problems and their modeling;
  • an introduction to modern treebank encoding and corpus extraction tools.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • explain the concepts and issues investigated during the lessons;
  • analyse a specific issue that has not been  investigated during the course in a critical and creative way;
  • use explicit sample data to elaborate the analysis.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


  • Traditional grammatical notions (ideally, Analyses grammaticales du français, B1, LLFR*).
  • Main concepts of descriptive linguistics (ideally Linguistique synchronique du français, B2, LLFR*).
  • Very good proficiency in French (C1).
The course syllabi will be provided on eCampus for convenience.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Theoretical lessons introducing the main notions.
  • Lecture(s) by invited speaker(s) (to be confirmed).
  • Sessions consisting of exercises (in class or online).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course is face-to-face.

Recommended or required readings

Bibliographical references, illustrative material and linguistic data available on ecampus when necessary.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Students prepare a group synthesis question before the exam (detailed instructions provided in class). Each student individually presents the analysis and answers the teacher's questions.

The ability to present clearly and mastery of the subject are required and determine success.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place during Q2 (face to face), every Wednesday from 1PM to 3PM. Subject to change according to the health status.
Contact the teacher if necessary.


Teacher Nicolas MAZZIOTTA Phone: 04 366 53 82 Email: nicolas.mazziotta@uliege.be

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