Module Information

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Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1-hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1-hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework: 2 x 2500 word assignments  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resit will be by resubmission of assessed work  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • understand how one dialect amongst several becomes a language
  • read critically conventional histories of French
  • see how and why ideological presuppositions have influenced those histories
  • understand the principal tenets of variationist linguistics

Brief description

A history of French from a variationist perspective, deliberately stressing the variety which has always existed in reality, and identifying the ways in which diversity has been stifled in the life of the language, and has been camouflaged in histories of French.

Reading List

Recommended Background
Cerquiglini, Bernard (1993) La naissance du francais Paris University Press Primo search Green, John, & Ayres-Bennett, Wendy (eds) Variation and change in French: essays presented to Rebecca Posner on the occasion of her sixtieth birthday Primo search Lodge, R (1993) French: From Dialect to Standard Routledge Primo search Parry, M M, Davies, W V, and Temple, R A M (eds) (1994) The changing voices of Europe: social and political change and their linguistic repercussions, past, present and future University of Wales Press/MHRA Primo search Posner, Rebecca (1997) Linguistic Change in French Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5