The Intersection of French Language and Identity
This course explores language as social practice in which speakers’ notions of identity influence how they use and relate to language. Interdisciplinary in nature, this course borrows from different fields, most notably linguistics, sociology, and French cultural studies. The aim of the course is to inform students of the social aspects of the evolution of the French language, highlight the dynamic relationship between language and identity, and present a detailed picture of the diversity in the Francophone world. Students will read texts in English and will learn how to write in different academic genres, including a reaction journal, an annotated bibliography, an abstract, and a research paper.
This course fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH.