Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AHL12001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 現代フランス語学研究
Subject Name
Subject Name in
French Linguistics
イグチ ヨウコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  Second Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2nd) Fri5-6:Online
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Linguistics
Eligible Students  
Keywords French; linguistics; recognition of grammatical constructions; reading comprehension 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
・Knowledge and understanding of "Japanese and Japanese culture"  and "foreign languages and foreign culture" which are prerequisite abilities for communication with peoples in different culture and areas.

European and American Literature and Languages/Linguistics
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Acquisition of basic knowledge on British and American, German, and French literatures and languages, or linguistics 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The objective of this course is to examine interesting phenomena found in French from a linguistic perspective. In parallel with theoretical examination, this course is also aimed at encountering as many French constructions and usages as possible through comprehending relatively easy to read novels, and other materials, in order to increase French proficiency which will be the basis for linguistic analyses. 
Class Schedule    The special focus of analysis and examination is on “unaccusativity”. We will examine how this phenomenon appears in French, by surveying representative grammatical constructions. The course begins with the analysis of causative constructions in French as a preparatory stage. After that, the “unaccusative” hypothesis will be introduced, and the grammatical constructions below will be examined successively. Finally, the meaning of this hypothesis will be discussed. (The rate of progress, and other factors of the course are subject to change according to the degree of students’ understanding.)
   Although themes for linguistic analyses alone are shown below as class subjects, easy to read texts written in French will be also read and comprehended in each class, in parallel with theoretical examination.
Lesson 1: Guidance
Lesson 2: Causative construction 1
Lesson 3: Causative construction 2
Lesson 4: What is unaccusativity?
Lesson 5: Perfect auxiliary: avoir and être
Lesson 6: Impersonal variants
Lesson 7: Construction with the past participle 1
Lesson 8: Causative alternation
Lesson 9: Tough constructions
Lesson 10: Detachment of the pronoun «en»
Lesson 11: Syntactic structure and semantic roles
Lesson 12: lexical aspects
Lesson 13: Languages other than French, including English and Japanese, and unaccusativity
Lesson 14: Resultative construction
Lesson 15: Conclusion 
Directions will be given when the course starts. 
PC or AV used in
Textbook; handouts; educational audio materials 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Attendees are required to prepare for every class by analysing reading materials. As for other matters to be prepared for or reviwed, directions will be given in classes. 
Requirements Attendees are required to have learnt French in their first year. 
Grading Method Evaluation is made partly (about 40%) based on the final examination, partly (about 40%) based on research papers, and partly (about 20%) based on marks for class participation. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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