Middlebury

FREN 0233

History of the French Language

History of the French Language
In this course we will study how French has evolved into a global language. We will survey its development from a Latin dialect spoken in ancient Gaul to its present-day diversity in the French-speaking world, with a focus on comparative analysis. Specific topics may include linguistic variation over time, gender and language change, phonological history, spelling reforms, and language use on social media. Students will engage with historical and contemporary texts, art, and audiovisual sources. (FREN 0209, or by waiver. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
French
Department:
French
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP HIS LNG
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Sections in Spring 2022

Spring 2022

FREN0233A-S22 Lecture (Zsombok)