2023-2024 / LROM0121-1

Historical linguistics of the French language 2 : historical morphology and history of the French language (in-depth approach)


45h Th

Number of credits

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


Marie-Guy Boutier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is devided in two main parts: - lectures introducing historical linguistics methods, as well as historical morpheme analysis; - practical lessons ("proseminars"), the subject of which changes every year (selection of texts of the 16th or the 17th century).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able:
- to use correctly the main notions of historical linguistics, especially of the historical morphology; - to reconstitute the development of morphological evolutions and to analyse grammatical forms belonging to different states of the language; - to read and analyse the texts seen during the "proseminar" and set their issue.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

- Main notions of historical phonetic (useful for historical morphology); - History of French language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The "Proseminar" (see above):
Students read and analyse texts of the syllabus (by groups), and have to hand over a first written preparation of their work (whose correction will be given back before Christmas break), that they will better before its presentation to their classmates. They will give a final written version of their work and a short report bound for the students.

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

Theoretical part during the first semester. "Proseminar" during the second semester.

Recommended or required readings

Anthology of texts, questions about those texts, bibliography of historical linguistics with bibliographical indications related to the texts.

Evaluation of the work of the year and written and oral exam (written for the notions of morphology; oral for the "proseminar"). An evaluation over the theorical part of the course is organized in January.
The mark of the midterm exam in January will count for 50% of the June final mark if > or = 10/20. The mark will have no effect on the final grade if it doesn't reach 10/20 and the final exam will then be cumulative.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

See above.


Marie-Guy BOUTIER, professor.
Léonore Dubru, assistant.

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