Module Identifier FR35020  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor David A Trotter  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 10  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Two essays of 1500 - 2000 words each. 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. 40%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

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 Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6