History of French language

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/04
Language
French
Learning objectives
The course aims to:
- enable students to acquire a basic knowledge of the historical evolution of the French language in its key stages;
- introduce students to the use of basic tools for linguistic and philological study of texts in Ancient and Middle French;
- raise awareness of the peculiarities linked to handwritten and printed transmission of medieval works.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: to know the key stages of the historical evolution of French.
Skills: to be able to read and understand the original texts presented in class and to comment on linguistic aspects, as well as their cultural value.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
ATTENTION: you must register for the course through the EASYLESSON app.
During the emergency teaching phase, the program is adapted to the remote mode; in particular, the materials needed for each lesson or group of lessons will be provided in advance on the Ariel website.
Course syllabus
The course, entitled: The History of French, to do what?, is aimed at students of the Master's degree; it is held in the first semester and includes three parts :
- A (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Introduction to the History of the French Language: from its Origins to today.
- B (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Ancient French, 12th and 13th-centuries texts
- C (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Middle French, 14th and 15th-centuries texts
Students interested in acquiring 6 ECTS will adhere to the program of two parts (A + B or A + C); students interested in acquiring 9 ECTS will follow the full program (A + B + C).
Part A will take into consideration the significant stages in the evolution of French, illustrating the phonetic, graphic, morphosynthetic and lexical development in the texts which are introduced from a historical and cultural perspective.
Parts B and C are intended to bring students closer to the linguistic, stylistic and philological problems of medieval French texts, starting with the reading of some works composed between the 12th and 15th centuries, in verse and prose.
The analysis of texts belonging to different eras will make it possible to identify the linguistic changes linked to the evolution from Ancient to Middle French; at the same time it will allow to measure the importance of a historical knowledge of the language to fully understand modern French.
The course programme is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is held in French, as well as examination materials and bibliography presuppose a solid language proficiency in French.
Teaching methods
ATTENTION: you must register for the course through the EASYLESSON app.
The lessons will be held by videoconference using Teams with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (video lessons).
The schedule of lessons, their modalities and any updates will be published in the online course.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online teaching platform Ariel,
which can be consulted for information and teaching materials.
Bibliography.
Part A
Students attending:
J. Chaurand, Histoire de la langue française, Paris, PUF, 1998;
collection of texts commented during the course.
Students not attending: M. Huchon, Histoire de la langue française, Paris, Livre de Poche, 2002.
Part B (attending and non-attending students)
An anthology of texts chosen by the lecturer.
Collection of studies related to the texts read and commented during the course by the lecturer.
Part C (attending and non-attending students)
An anthology of texts chosen by the lecturer. Collection of studies related to the texts read and commented during the course by the lecturer.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will take place in oral form using the Teams platform or, if allowed, in the presence, always in oral form. It will consist of an individual assessment, which includes questions about the contents of the course, reading, translation, linguistic, stylistic and literary commentary of one or more passages from the texts in the program. The assessment will be held in French for students of the Master's Degree in languages, in Italian or in French for students of the other Master's Degree Courses.
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the lecturer as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the lecturer, in agreement with the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/04 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - FRENCH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/04 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - FRENCH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/04 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - FRENCH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
From 16/09/2020, by appointment: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, from 9.30 to 10.30.
Platforms: Skype, Zoom, Times.