An introduction to the descriptive analysis of French: its phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. We will trace historical developments that have contributed to its development. Why do French and English share so many cognates? What are the origins of French conservatism towards their language? These are some of the questions this course will address.
Lecture, three hours. Requisite FR6. P/NP or letter grading
French 104 (Phonetics) is useful preparation, but no previous linguistics is required.