Romance Linguistics : Etymology, History, Politics

lrom1311  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Romance Linguistics : Etymology, History, Politics
3 credits
30.0 h
Hambye Philippe;
To have had basic training in general linguistics and phonetics in particular.  It is preferable to have taken LROM1222 French Linguistics II : historical approach.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course is divided in two parts :
1) Description of the emergence and development of various Romance languages, from latin to nowadays, in their sociolinguistic (ex. standardisation process, official and symbolic status, geographic distribution) and political (ex. linguistic unification and language policies) dimension.
2) On the basis of etymological case studies (discovery of etymological correspondences between Latin and Romance languages), formal and comparative description of the main phonological and lexical characteristics of Romance languages.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of the course, the student will be able : 
- master general knowledge about the history and the sociolinguistic and political situation of various Romance languages;
- understand the typological and genetic relationships between Romance languages;
- put in place methodical analysis in comparative etymology of Romance languages;
- describe and analyses formal similarities and differences between major Romance languages.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
General introduction : examination of the methodology of comparing languages and on the relationships between language and culture.
Comparison of Romance idioms : there is special emphasis on the phonetic and lexical aspects which played a determining role in the fragmentation of Romance-speaking Europe and, in general, on consideration of important geo-linguistic phenomena.
Teaching methods
30 hours of lectures
Evaluation methods
Written examination
Other information
Document folder : bibliography, development diagrams, maps.
Voir le document «  Bibliographie » sur le site du cours sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in French Studies