French III - Lezioni (2008/2009)

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Paolo Frassi
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II semestre dal Mar 2, 2009 al May 30, 2009.

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Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Acquisition of instruments and of a metalanguage to lead the analysis of a semantic phenomenon.


Introduction to metaphor as a semantic phenomenon. We will explain the semantic mecanisms on which metaphor is based by introducing the main speculations on the matter and offering exemples issued from litterary texts.
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- R. Jakobson (1963), « Deux aspects du langage et deux types d’aphasies » in Essais de linguistique générale, Paris, Editions de Minuit, pp. 43-67.
- P. Ricoeur (1975), La métaphore vive, Paris, Seuil.
- E. Bordas (2003), Les chemins de la métaphore, Paris, PUF.
The study of the following essays is compulsory :
- M. Yaguello , « La grammaire » in M. Yaguello (éd) (2003), Le Grand livre de la langue française, Paris, Seuil, pp. 153-258.
- C. Marchello-Nizia, « Le français dans l’histoire » in M. Yaguello (éd) (2003), Le Grand livre de la langue française, Paris, Seuil, pp. 11-90.
L&D students will replace the essay by C. Marchello-Nizia with:
- E. Genouvrier, « Enseigner la langue française maternelle » in M. Yaguello (éd) (2003), Le Grand livre de la langue française, Paris, Seuil, pp. 491-541.
Reference texts :
- M. Le Guern (1973), Sémantique de la métaphore et de la métonymie, Paris, Larousse

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral interview. Students (either attending or not attending the lessons) will have to present a proposition of “exposé” by the end of May. This delay must be respected whenever they intend to pass the exam (June, September or February). Not attending students will have to contact the Professor in great advance in order to agree the subject of the “exposé”.