Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Semester Assessment Only the better of the two marks will be taken for the continuous assessment element. This is to allow some assessment to be formative as well as (or instead of) summative. If a student fails to submit one piece of the two required, and does not supply the tutor concerned with valid reasons/evidence in writing, the mark for the one piece of work submitted will be carried forward as a continuous assessment mark, but divided by two. If no assessed work is submitted, the mark for the continuous assessment element (which will be fed into the overall module assessment) will be zero.   Continuous Assessment: Two essays of 1500 - 2000 words each  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

  • comment in an informed way on semantic description in French dictionaries
  • understand and describe different models for the semantics of French
  • show evidence of an independent capacity to explain chosen semantic problems in French

Brief description

A study of semantics (with particular reference to French) and of the relationship between language and meaning, together with an examination of how French dictionaries deal with the representation of the semantics of French vocabulary development and use.

Reading List

General Text
Chaurand, J. (1977) Introduction a l'histoire du vocabulaire français Paris: Bordas Primo search Holtus, G., et al. (eds) (1990) Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik 5/I: Le français Tübingen: Niemeyer [NLW] Primo search Muller, B. (1987) Le français d'aujourd'hui Paris: Klincksieck Primo search Rey, A. (1982) Encyclopédies et dictionnaires Paris: PUF (Que sais-je?) Primo search Ullmann, S. (1952) Précis de sémantique française Berne: Francke Primo search
Recommended Background
Baldinger, K. Contribution a une histoire des provincialismes, 'Revue de Linguistique Romane, 21 (1957): 62-92 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6