Evolution of the French Language (MLF2012)

15 credits

As an advanced learner of French, you will naturally be interested in the origins and history of the language. In this module we examine its development from two main points of view: firstly, how historical events and political decisions shaped the destiny of the medieval dialect that has become the modern standard language; and secondly, what linguistic, especially phonetic, processes have occurred since spoken Latin, to make the sounds of French distinctive. We also explore etymology and the borrowing of vocabulary from various languages over the centuries. Prerequisites: a good command of French (e.g. MLF1001), and either MLF1103, or must be willing to do 2 weeks’ worth of catch-up work in a vacation before the module.