A gathering of resources
DC 0-801 French history
PC 2000-2899 French language, including dictionaries
PQ 0-3999 French Literature
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The Second Language Acquisition of French Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality
Call Number: PC2065 .A96 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-04
Temporal-aspectual systems have a great potential of informing our understanding of the developing competence of second language learners. So far, the vast majority of empirical studies investigating L2 acquisition have largely focused on past temporality, neglecting the acquisition of the expression of the present and future temporalities with rare exceptions (aside from ESL learners), leaving unanswered the question of how the investigation of different types of temporality may inform our understanding of the acquisition of temporal, aspectual and mood systems as a whole. This monograph addresses this question by focusing on three main objectives: a) to contribute to the already impressive body of research in the L2 acquisition of tense, aspect and mood/modality from a generative perspective, and in so doing to present a more complete picture of the processes of L2 acquisition in general; b) to bridge the gap between linguistic theory and L2 acquisition; c) to make empirical findings more accessible to language instructors by proposing concrete pedagogical applications.
The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry
Call Number: PC2541 .S25 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-20
The relationship between song quotation and the elevation of French as a literary language that could challenge the cultural authority of Latin is the focus of this book. It approaches this phenomemon through a close examination of the refrain, a short phrase of music and text quoted intertextually across thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century musical and poetic genres. The author draws on a wide range of case studies, from motets, trouvère song, plays, romance, vernacular translations, and proverb collections, to show that medieval composers quoted refrains as vernacular auctoritates/; she argues that their appropriation of scholastic, Latinate writing techniques worked to authorize Old French music and poetry as media suitable for the transmission of knowledge. Beginning with an exploration of the quasi-scholastic usage of refrains in anonymous and less familiar clerical contexts, the book goes on to articulate a new framework for understanding the emergence of the first two named authors of vernacular polyphonic music, the cleric-trouvères Adam de la Halle and Guillaume de Machaut. It shows how, by blending their craft with the writing practices of the universities, composers could use refrain quotation to assert their status as authors with a new self-consciousness, and to position works in the vernacular as worthy of study and interpretation. Jennifer Saltzstein is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Oklahoma.
Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean
Call Number: PQ3940 .H37 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-15
Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean sets out to examine the recent major turn in francophone Caribbean literature towards the récit d'enfance--or autobiography of childhood. It connects literary works to recent changes in public and education policy concerning the commemoration of slavery and colonialism both in France and at a global level. Examining key works by major contemporary writers such as Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé, and Dany Laferrière, it combines approaches from postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, trauma theory, and gender studies to provide a welldefined methodology with which to approach this literary movement.