Linguistics of the French Language

One of the ways in which University Education distinguishes itself from Education obtained in other institutions of learning is that is not limited to acquisition of knowledge;  it also covers reflexion on and an in-depth understanding of acquired knowledge or that to be acquired. Thus, a Bachelor of Arts student of the Sub-Department of French, will not only be able to correctly speak and write the French language, understand the oral and written forms of speech in the language,  their scientific understanding of and more efficient acquisition of the  language will also be enabled, through the Linguistics of the French language course units.  Thus, for instance, a student of the Sub-Department of French will, on their own, know what to do to be able to correctly articulate certain challenging sounds of the French language (phonetics and phonology), be  able to easily determine the important functional difference between identical word forms (syntax), know why “know” does not correspond to one word in French and which word to use when (lexicology, semantics), why and how greetings in French vary according to who is being addressed, where etc (sociolinguistics).  The same linguistic knowledge confers the required scientific tilt to the other thematic areas of translation/interpretation and literature in French, in addition to being vital for future teachers of French.

Head of Thematic Area is;

Dr. Bilha M. Mwenesi

 

Members of Thematic Area:

Ms Elizabeth Gatungo

 

Mr. Michael Nginye

   

Ms Caroline Mutai

 

Course Units Of The Thematic Areas

CFR 103                ORAL EXPRESSION AND AURAL COMPREHENSION

CFR 104                FRENCH AND OTHER LANGUAGES: A BASIC CONTRASTIVE  APPROACH

CFR 205                INTRODUCTION TO THE LINGUISTIC STUDY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 207                HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 210                THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN AFRICA

CFR 212                THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN FRANCE

CFR 214                THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN THE WEST INDIES, THE INDIAN AND PACIFIC OCEAN ISLANDS

CFR 307                INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES OF LINGUISTICS

CFR 309                THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN EUROPE (EXCLUDING FRANCE)

CFR 311                THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN NORTHERN AND SOUTH AMERICA

CFR 313                   THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN AND CONTINENTAL ASIA

CFR 306                SYNTAX AND MORPHOLOGY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 405                SEMANTICS AND LEXICOLOGY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 417                LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND TRANSLATION

CFR 406                COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS

Job opportunities where knowledge of thematic area is applicable

Teaching, Translation/Interpretation/Dubbing/Sub-titling, Journalism, Editing, Publishing, Hotel and Tourism, Diplomacy, International Administration and Civil Service, Creative writing, Transport, performing arts, Research.