2017-2018 / LROM0165-1

Research seminar in general French and Romance linguistics II


30h SEM, 15h Th

Number of credits

 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)10 crédits 


Marie-Guy Boutier, Nicolas Mazziotta, Pierre Swiggers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The research seminars (I et II), which subjects change every year, prepare the students to work in the field of linguistics by focusing on selected themes.
Current subject: "Discourse linguistics"

  • Theoretical foundations (P. Swiggers)
  • Assisted reading of reference manuals (M.-G. Boutier)
  • Specific studies: the syntax of interjections (N. Mazziotta)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To induce the student to critical reflexion about the actual scientific productions, and to produce a personal scientific contribution.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Proficiency in French.
Excellent understanding of the basic notions in general linguistics.
All previous and parallel linguistic classes and the readings will be valuable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Readings, debates, presentations and written reports with the help of the teachers. 

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Discovering of the subject of the year in the first half of the year. Presentations by students, guests and professors during the second half of the year.

Recommended or required readings

Introductions to the subject:

  • Cervoni, J. 1992[1987]. L'énonciation. Paris: PUF.
  • Kerbrat-Orecchioni, C. 2009[1980]. L'énonciation: de la subjectivité dans le langage. Paris: A. Colin.
  • Maingueneau, D. 2007[1991]. L'énonciation en linguistique française. Paris: Hachette.
Additional readings will be provided during the teaching period.

Assessment methods and criteria

Work during the year. Written report and oral examination about the former.
The theme is the same at level I and II. However, at level II, the amount of work is expected to be higher than it is at level I (cf. ECTS).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Introduction meeting (presentation of linguistic courses in the LLFR MA): on Tuesday 26th Sept. 2017, 10:30AM (at the end of the first lesson of Lexicology and lexicography, by M.-G. Boutier).
Planning of the first two sessions:

  • 9th Oct. 2017: theoretical aspects and fundational readings (P. Swiggers)
  • 23rd Oct. 2017: debate on the first readings (P. Swiggers)
The next sessions will be planned according to the students' schedules.


  • Marie-Guy Boutier, professeur
  • Nicolas Mazziotta, chargé de cours
  • Pierre Swiggers, chargé de cours