History of the French Language

Spring 2024
Class No: 31048
Mairi-Louise McLaughlin
1:00 PM - 3:59 PM

This course covers the history of the French language from its Latin roots through to contemporary usage. Both internal and external history will be considered so that students acquire a firm grounding in the linguistic evolution of the language, coupled with an understanding of its development in relation to a range of social and cultural phenomena. The course will be structured around our analysis of the wide range of texts from different genres presented by Ayres-Bennett (1996) and which date from 842 CE to the present day. We will use the relatively new historical sociolinguistic approach to try to capture what Anthony Lodge (2009) has called “une image multidimensionnelle de la langue du passé”.

There is one required course book: Ayres-Bennett, Wendy (1996) A History of the French Language through Texts, London-New York: Routledge;