2023-2024 / LROM0111-3

History of Romance languages, Common


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Nicolas Mazziotta

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course traces the history of the Romance language family, i.e. the languages that evolved from Latin, with a special focus on French. The perspective is primarily external, i.e. focused on the relationship between geopolitical and social changes, rather than on the internal characteristics of the language. However, attention will regularly be drawn to the major linguistic characteristics of the languages at study.

The lecture course is structured in three parts:

1/ Introduction and presentation of the general theoretical concepts that allow us to understand the history of Romance languages and their variation.

2/ General history of Romance languages, which traces the evolution from spoken Latin to modern languages and their main linguistic features.

3/ Commentary on illustrative documents (in French).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, the student will be able to : - identify the different perspectives to describe a language and its variation ; - situate geographically and typologically the different romance varieties ; - know the main chronological steps in the evolution of the romance varieties (particularly the French variety); - abstract from these patterns both specific and general factors that explain linguistic change in Romania ; - produce a grammatical analysis of a linguistic phenomenon ; - produce a philological comment of a textual fragment analyzed in class.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Good oral and written command of French.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, with possible debate between teacher and students.
At the beginning of each session, students will be allowed to ask questions about the previous session.

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

For classroom use only, subject to change according to the health status.

Recommended or required readings

For the introduction and the part on the history of the Romance languages, a syllabus made by the teacher will be given to the students. The students take notes during the session; their presence is therefore required.

To complete their information or to deepen an aspect of the subject, they may, if they wish, refer to the references used in the syllabus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Written exam, during the January session ; Two types of knowledge and skills will be assessed:

  • encyclopaedic knowledge of the facts, either linguistic or extralinguistic (i.e. history, geography, sociology or literacy);
  • understanding of the concepts of linguistic description, and their correct use about specific phenomena.
The topics focused by these two types of questions will be taken from :

  • the ex-cathedra lessons on the history of Romance languages;
  • the practical sessions on the history of French (see partim. Histoire de la langue française);
  • the mandatory reading (see partim. Histoire de la langue française).
Criteria :

  • the relevance and accuracy of the answer ;
  • the care in formulation (including spelling) ;
  • synthesis capacity and articulation of ideas ;
  • the spelling of names and concepts presented in class.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will take place only during the 1st term, on Wednesday, from 10:00 to 12:00, A1J/Grand Physique.

Resumption (first contact) : Wednesday 20/09/2023


Nicolas Mazziotta
Mail : nicolas.mazziotta@uliege.be

Léonore Dubru

Ariane Nusgens : 04 366 56 50 

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