Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
LROM0025-3  
Historical linguistics of the French language 1 : historical phonetic
Duration :
30h Th, 15h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5
Lecturer :
Marie-Guy Boutier
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
All year long, with partial in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
The student is introduced to historical linguistics of French by a course of historical phonetics (i.e. the study about the changes of the sounds composing a word from its origin until now).
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
To know the main mechanisms of evolution of the sounds and to be able to reconstitute the phonetic evolution of french words.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
None.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
  • Historical phonetics lectures (M.-G. Boutier), and practical classes with phonetics exercises (in charge : Matthieu Balthazard).
  • Exercises on WebCT .
  • It is essential to take part actively in the exercises in order to integrate the course. Practical classes are compulsory.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Friday 3 p.m-5 p.m. (sem. I); 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (sem. II).
Recommended or required readings :
  • Phonétique historique du français. Notes du cours, M.-G. Boutier, Presses de L'ULg, 3e éd. 2015.
  • Phonétique historique du français. Exercices, P. Renders, M. Steffens, Presses de l'ULg, 2013.
  • E. et J. Bourciez, Phonétique française. Étude historique, Paris, 1978.
Assessment methods and criteria :
  • Written midterm exam in January.
  • Written exam in June and September.
The mark of the midterm exam in January will count for 40% of the June final grade if > or = 10/20 (the mark will have no effect on the final grade if it doesn't reach 10/20).
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
  • Historical phonetics lectures (M.-G. Boutier), and practical classes with phonetics exercises (in charge : B. Mertens). What concerns the exercises, schedule will be specified during the year.
  • Exercises on WebCT (B. Mertens, M. Balthazard, A. Mathy) .
  • It is essential to take part actively in the exercises in order to integrate the course. Practical classes are compulsory.
Contacts :
  • Marie-Guy Boutier
  • Bianca Mertens.
  • Adrien Mathy, Matthieu Balthazard.