FREN 441. The Story of French. 3 Hours H/W.

This course provides an overview of the historical development of the French language and an introduction to different varieties of French, as well as some current language-related issues in the French-speaking world. The history of the French language is considered both from an external perspective, by examining important historical events in the language's history, and from an internal perspective, by looking at specific ways the language has changed over time. Variation is examined: how French differs geographically (i.e. dialects and regional varieties in France and in the French-speaking world), socially (i.e. how social groups such as socioeconomic class or sex are reflected in language use), and situationally (i.e. language modification depending on formality, context, etc.). Will include comparisons of spoken versus written French, slang, and le français populaire, as well as current issues, e.g., les néologismes (word creation), les anglicismes (English influence) and feminization of language. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FREN 301. LEC.

Bachelor of Arts in French, Francophone and Italian Studies

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/french-italian/ba/

...World FREN 440 Studies in French Culture: _____ FREN 441 The Story of French FREN...

Minor in Linguistics

http://catalog.ku.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/linguistics/minor/

...or FREN 310 French Phonetics or FREN 441 The Story of French or FREN 443...