Good knowledge of French and introduction to linguistics (syntax, semantics, morphology)
In this course, we will examine puzzles of French syntax and semantics from a formal linguistic perspective.Why does Personne n’a rien dit mean ‘Nobody said anything’, rather than ‘Nobody said nothing’? Why can we say Le vent menace de détruire la récolte, but not Le vent m’a menacé? During the course, several properties of French will be examined in detail and contrasted with properties of other languages. Topics that can be addressed include negation, infinitival complementation, modality, evidentiality, gradability, count/mass or inalienable possession. The specific program will be chosen in accordance with the interests expressed by the students.
The students gain insight in the structure of the French language
The students are able to understand and critically evaluate the relevant scientific literature
The students are able to develop sound linguistic argumentation
The students are able to formulate and address their own research questions
The timetable is available on the MA English website
Mode of instruction
10 ec = 280h
Lectures: 2h/ week = 26h
Preparation of presentations and course assignments: 80h
Term paper: 74h
Presentations of reading materials: 20%
Presentation of term paper project: 10%
Participation and comments in class: 10%
Term paper: 60%
The final grade consists of weighted average of the above components
Resit: students who fail the course may resit the exam and/or course paper.
Will be communicated later as a function of topics chosen
Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte
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