Fren 4200/6200 french linguistics and phonetics fall 2008 usu gordon 4200-001 crn#44139 tr 12 noon-1: 15pm Old Main 326

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FALL 2008 USU GORDON 4200-001 CRN#44139 TR 12 noon-1:15pm Old Main 326
DR. SARAH GORDON, Associate Professor of French

Email: Dept. Mail Box: in Old Main 204 Voicemail: 7-8213

Office: Main 002-L Office Hours: MW 11:30-2 and by appointment, email

Course Description

An introduction to French applied linguistics, phonetics, and linguistic theory. First part analyzes phonological and phonetic patterns of French. Second part deals more with selected morphological and syntactic figures of French and historical linguistics. Concentration on pronunciation and on structures of the French language. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Brief survey of the history of the French language. Class taught in French. Includes language lab work. Prereq: 3000-level French, or equivalent with instructor permission.

Text and assignments

This course offers a broad survey of linguistics, history of language, and phonetics topics. Activities are varied often, from practical practice in pronunciation, to learning different linguistic terms and theories, to exploring current accents and dialects of the francophone world--using authentic materials with everything from poetry, to text messaging, to newscasts, to music.

- Textbook: Dansereau. SAVOIR DIRE 2006. Available in lab, but will usually need in class.


-A dictionary that includes phonetic pronunciation symbols is useful.

-Recordings / les enregistrements: You may submit them on CDROM or by the beginning of class by emailing an MP3 to instructor. You may need 2 blank enregistrement tapes or an RW-CD (or MP3) to record your voice to turn in to me for homework and for a final assignment. You may also duplicate the CDs that go with the book IF you wish (RW best) so you can use them at home instead of in lab. Required lab CDs that go with the textbook will be available for duplication in the language lab after Jan 16th (Lab in Old Main downstairs near my office).


Good attendance, voluntary participation in class, pronunciation practice, and group exercises, as well as a positive attitude and willingness to make an effort are essential for success in this class and in improving in French. Please speak French in class. Don’t be afraid to speak up; you will learn from your mistakes. Raise your hand and try. Preparation, practice, and progress count. Do not hesitate to email the instructor with any questions or concerns. Details and materials for assignments and exams will be given in class. More than three unexcused absences will drop your grade (e.g., A- to a B+). Academic Honesty/ USU “Honor System” must be followed: You must do YOUR OWN recordings of your own voice and all your own work on homework and exams. For quizzes, you will be responsible for knowing material in the lectures, assigned sections of the book, and handouts. No final exam.


50% 3 quizzes

10% Final Recording + accompanying Take-Home Final written assignment, due by Dec. 8 noon

10% Active, Voluntary Oral Participation and Preparation

30% Homework: Phonetic Transcriptions and Recordings (the 4 assigned recordings enregistrements listed below,

CD/or email MP3) plus any written assignments, details and more instructions TBA. Techincal problems? Ask early! No excuses!

THE USU HONOR SYSTEM: Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. The Honor System is designed to establish the higher level of conduct expected and required of all Utah State University students. The Honor Pledge: To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge: “I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity.” A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge: Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community; Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.
Plagiarism includes knowingly "representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one's own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged used of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials." The penalties for plagiarism are severe. They include warning or reprimand, grade adjustment, probation, suspension, expulsion, withholding of transcripts, denial or revocation of degrees, and referral to psychological counseling. Note: In this FREN 4200 class, this means you may not copy each others’ homework exercises. You may practice reading/sounds together and this practice is encouraged, but nobody may do recordings of their voice for you or complete written homework exercises for you. In French classes, native speakers, friends, family, tutors may not write anything or record for you. Copying off internet is plagiarism.
Students with disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act states: “Reasonable accommodation will be provided for all persons with disabilities in order to ensure equal participation within the program.” If a student has a disability that will likely require some accommodation by the instructor, the student must contact the instructor and document the disability through the Disability Resource Center (797-2444), preferably during the first week of the course. Any request for special consideration relating to attendance, pedagogy, taking of examinations, etc., must be discussed with and approved by the instructor at the beginning of class.
Pour vous aider à réussir dans le cours
Ressources sur Internet

Exercices d’écoute / répétition

Radio Francophone sur Internet

Radio/listening news ‘Ecouter en direct’:

TV News video on line: TV5.ORG, (6 mins!)

MUSIQUE: (Yahoo ! Music France, clips vidéo et musique) (see index,,, etc.

Nos objectifs

  • Approfondir vos connaissances des structures linguistiques de la langue française (morphologie et syntaxe)

  • Vous donner une introduction à l’histoire et l’évolution de la langue française

  • Améliorer votre production orale, votre prononciation

  • Améliorer votre compréhension orale

  • Vous donner plus de confiance à l’orale

Comment accomplir nos objectifs

  • en étudiant les correspondances entre la graphie et les sons

  • en étudiant la prosodie (rythme, intonation, accent)

  • en apprenant le système des symboles phonétiques: L’Alphabet Phonétique International (API / IPA)

  • par la pratique et répétition (sons isolés et textes, à haute voix)

  • par la mémorisation

  • par la transcription phonétique

  • par la lecture et discussion

  • par jeux et dialogues, écoute de musique et poésie, etc.


  • Etre présent, préparé, et prêt à faire du progrès

  • Lire des pages du livre d’avance, surtout si vous ne comprenez pas tout en classe

  • Participer et faire un vrai effort en classe

  • Pratiquer la prononciation à haute voix ! à la maison / au labo

  • Mémoriser l’API français vite pour pouvoir s’en servir

  • Parler uniquement le français en cours

  • Lire les poèmes du livre, chanter avec la radio française à haute voix à la maison

  • Préparer avant les cours, faire les devoirs et enregistrements quand c’est marqué « DUE »

  • Demander l’aide du prof, du tutor, ou poser des questions si vous ne comprenez pas


Note: syllabus schedule subject to change by instructor with notice, due to the needs of the class and scheduling issues.






mardi (M), jeudi (J)

26/08 Bonne rentrée ! Introduction au cours, API pp. 3, 243-4, poème p. xvi

28/08 Phonologie/phonétique

p. 3 Tableau 1.1 API les sons du français

Mémorisez API pp. 3, 243-4

2/09 « Organes et symboles »

Livre pp. 2-3. Les 4 phrases.

Poésie, écoute et transcription

4/09 Voyelles 1ère série /e/ /ε/

Ch. 3, pp. 68-79

Syllabes (in)accentués, accent tonique

M – Etudiez livre, pp. 2-8

J – Mémorisez API sons français!

Lire/Faire le puzzle 1 sur p. 257

9/09 Dictée et pratique de transcription phonétique, API

11/09 1ère série /i/ /a/ pp.81-8

Ch.3 Sons et couleurs en POÉSIE

J- Devoir transcription voyelles 1ère série DUE (détails donnés en classe)

16/09 2ème série /y/ pp. 89-94

pp. 78-82

18/09 2ème série /œ/ /ø/ pp. 96-104 pp. 82-9

J – Enregistrement 1 DUE

23/09 3ème série /u/ /o/ / / 106-120 Molière voyelles, pp. 127-8

25/09 QUIZ 1 : transcription

J-Etudiez tableaux pp. 120-1

30/09 voyelles nasales /ã/ Ch. 4

pp.130-2, 140-45

2/10 Voyelles nasales /~/ /ə/

pp. 133-9, orale ou nasale? 156-8 NO CLASSLAB

J-Etudiez e muet/caduc 164-78, faire enreg. au labo le 2 Oct.

7/10 Histoire de la langue I

9/10 Semi-voyelles Ch. 6

pp. 185-92, L’Exil ex.13 p. 196

Proverbes-handout/review supp.

M- Enregistrement 2 DUE + Devoir transcription voyelles nasales, proverbes p. 245 DUE

Etudiez Consonnes Ch.7 200-4, 208-11 !

14/10 La prosodie

Ch. 2, pp. 20-57


M- Devoir consonnes DUE


23/10 L’ancien français : textes du moyen âge

J-Etudiez p. 236-7 mots particuliers

28/10 QUIZ 2 : voyelles nasales, consonnes 200-4/208-11, histoire

30/10 Liaisons 38-49, travail en groupe (mémorisez)

4/11 Accent et Intonation

6/11 La Fontaine, Fables

Accent et Intonation, Prosodie Ch. 2

J- Enregistrement 3-4 DUE +

Devoir écrit, poésie Baudelaire « L’Albatros » p. 261 DUE

11/11 Morphologie, termes et concepts

13/11 Morphologie


M- lire l’article Linguistique

J- Devoir Intonation DUE

18/11 Syntaxe

20/11 QUIZ 3 (sur l’intonation, et les termes linguistiques, vocab phonétique 269-77)

25/11 Histoire de la langue II, exercise


M-Devoir écrit, prose Proust, p. 268 due

2/12 Virelangues, Accents/dialectes du monde


4/12 LABO NOT IN CLASSROOM /ATELIER ENREGISTREMENT FINAL (à rendre avant le 8 déc. midi)


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