Carnegie Mellon University

French & Francophone Sociolinguistics

Course Number: 82-304

This course examines the French language in relation to the social and cultural lives of the people who use it across the French-speaking world. To do so, students will explore the links between the French language of all francophones, its use, and the expression of national, cultural, community, and individual identities through the study of diverse texts and data sources, including policy/legal documents, films, music, newscasts, digitized corpuses of spoken and written French, and computer/technology-mediated communication. Through readings, discussions, hands-on activities, and project work, students will 1) develop content knowledge with an emphasis on language ideologies, policy, and planning; language contact and multilingualism; and language variation and change; and 2) develop linguistic skills in French (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) with specific focus on advanced spoken and written expression.

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Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): 82202