French Linguistics III : from words to discourse

lrom1331  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

French Linguistics III : from words to discourse
6 credits
45.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Fairon Cédrick; Simon Anne-Catherine;
LFIAL1530 et LROM1221

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
Part I.
(1) Historical approach towards the formation of French lexicon and the development of lexical description tools.
(2) Introduction to several theoretical framework for the description of lexical facts.
(3) Study of the major lexical phenomenon and their links with other levels of linguistic analysis (morphology, syntax, semantics). Illustration of these phenomenon through specific case studies.
Part II.
(1) Study and comparison of the main models of discourse analysis (from French and Anglo-Saxon traditions) at different levels (methods, data, researchers' ideological postures).
(2) Application of models to authentic texts and assessment of their forces and weaknesses.
(3) Critical reflection on the way each model copes with the problem of discourse interpretation.

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


By the end of the course, the student will be able:

- understand and critically situate various theoretical models of the construction and organisation of lexical and discursive units;

- master the main concepts related to the theoretical models examined;

- analyse complex linguistic phenomenon (ex. neology, lexical frozeness, conversations, media discourse), in a way to bring into light linguistic units' contructions and relationships;

- link theoretical model to the way they are drawn upon in various fields (ex. terminology, lexical statistics, computational linguistics, text and interaction analysis, etc.).


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”.
For Part I
Chapter 1. Introduction : lexicology and related disciplines
Chapter 2. The lexical unit and fixedness
Chapter 3. The life of lexis : meaning, forms, developments
Chapter 4. Historical overview of lexicography
For Part II
Chapter 1. Philosophy of ordinary language
Chapter 2. Linguistic anthropology and interactional sociolinguistics
Chapter 3. Conversational analysis
Chapter 4. Models of hierarchical discourse structure
Chapter 5. Critical discourse analysis
Chapter 6. Computer-mediated discourse analysis
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
The partial test in January consists of a written exam and a personal essay. The exam for the June part consists of a written exam only.
Students who have a mark of 10 or more in the January partial test keep their grade, which will then be added to the June exam (50% -50%).
The student who have less than 10/20 in the January partial exam has to re-do a complete exam on the materials covered in class. The mark thus obtained cancels the January mark.
The student who does the exam in September will be tested on the whole course.
Other information
For Part I, a partial syllabus is available on iCampus
For Part II, the syllabus is on sale at DUC

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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

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in French Studies