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FRE 489H1S
Special Topics in Advanced Linguistics II:

What can French sentences tell us about the relation between syntax and phonology?


F. Hamlaoui


This course constitutes an introduction to the study of the interface between syntax and phonology. Continuous speech is phonologically grouped into chunks that at least partly reflect the syntactic organization of utterances. What is, however, the exact nature of the relationship between phonology and syntax? Through an examination of both theoretical and experimental work, we will address questions relating to the nature of the syntactic information that is available for phonological organization. We will also examine possible segmental and supra-segmental correlates of prosodic phrasing in French and we will discuss evidence, provided by the language, that phonology can in turn influence syntax.

Required texts: Book chapters and articles available via Blackboard.

Assignments and evaluation: - In-class group presentation (25%); In-class and online discussion of readings (20%), Term project (Proposal 15%, Final paper 40%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisites: FRE376H1, FRE378H1, FRE383H1.

This course is found in the following categories:



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History of the Department

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993