Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Semantics and Lexicography
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

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 Exam 2 Hours   written examination  60%
Semester Assessment 2 essays, 1500-2000 words each  Continuous Assessment:  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

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

Reference Text
Chaurand, J. (1997) Introduction a l'histoire du vocabulaire français Bordas Primo search Holtus, G., et al. (eds) (1990) Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik 5/I: Le français Niemeyer [NLW] Primo search Muller, B (1987) Le français d'aujourd'hui Klincksieck Primo search Ullman, S. (1952) Précis de sémantique française Francke Primo search Baldinger, K (1957) 'Contribution a une histoire des provincialismes', Revue de Linguistique Romane, 21, pp.62-92 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5