The Department of French and Italian

Joshua Griffiths


M.A. in French Linguistics, UT Austin

PhD. Candidate | Assistant Instructor
Joshua Griffiths

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Interests


Phonology, Corpus Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Cognitive Science

Biography


Joshua Griffiths is a doctoral candidate in the French Linguistics PhD program. He is primarily interested in corpus approaches to phonological variation and the intersection between sociolinguistic variation and what has traditionally been described as "free" or phonological variation. With the generous support of a Bourse Chateaubriand, he was able to begin his dissertation research at the Laboratoire Modèles, Dynamiques et Corpus at Université Paris Nanterre, where he worked closely with Prof. Bernard Laks on theoretical approaches to French schwa deletion.  Making use of corpus data, his dissertation research proposes a quantitative model of schwa realization in Metropolitan French. 

Courses


FR 601C • Beginning French

35655 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 0.132

Welcome to the French Intensive Language Program. French 601C is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language.  Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactifhelps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction:
student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even
student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

FR 320E • Advanced French I

36360 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 101

Description of FR320E

 

FR 320E • Advanced French I

Prerequisites

FR 612, 312L, 312M, 312N, or the equivalent.

Course Description

This course will be taught in French.

The objective of this course is to improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a series of communicative tasks (compositions, listening comprehension activities, dictations, oral practice, etc.). Emphasis is placed on diversifying vocabulary, mastering a wider range of grammatical structures, increasing fluency, and developing appropriate rhetorical strategies for essay writing in French. And finally, participants can expect to learn about social issues in the French-speaking world (e.g. role of media in society, immigration, globalization, education, etc.)


Grading Policy

Chapter Exams (4 x 10%) 40%

Oral Exams  (3 x 5%) 15%

Compositions  (4 x 5%) 20%

Daily Assignments  15%

Final Project  10%

FINAL EXAM: NO


Texts

Oukada, Larbi. 2nd Ed. 2012. Controverses. Boston: Thomson/Cengage Heinle. (ISBN textbook 9780495797777; workbook 9781439082065): Required

Hawkins, French Grammar and Usage, (2nd edition), 2001, MCG, ISBN: 9780658017988: Recommended

Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198610717: Recommended

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36760 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 2.124

Description du Cours : Ce cours a pour but de vous initier aux sons du français actuel dans un cadre culturel et sociolinguistique pour améliorer votre prononciation. Au cours du semestre, on étudiera la transcription phonétique, l’inventaire des sons dans plusieurs variétés du français, la syllabe, la prosodie, la variation sociolinguistique (par exemple le français québécois), et quelques processus phonologiques (y compris la liaison, «l’e-muet», et la loi de position.)

Prérequis : Vous devez avoir suivi FR 317C, mais FR 320E est fortement conseillé.

Textes requis :

  • Violin-Wigent, A., Miller, J., & Grim, F. (2013). Sons et sens: la prononciation du français en contexte. Georgetown University Press. 

  • Lectures supplémentaires sur Canvas 

  • Une manière d’écrire en API – plusieurs manières seront affichées sur Canvas 

  • Je recommande aussi un bon dictionnaire monolingue français(Le Petit Robert, Larousse, Hachette, etc.) 


Objectifs du Cours :

  1. Tout d’abord, améliorer votre prononciation, votre vocabulaire, et votre compréhension auditive du français dans une multitude de contextes 

  2. Lire et produire des transcriptions phonétiques du français à l’écrit et à l’oral 

  3. Décrire la relation entre l’orthographe et la prononciation 

  4. Décrire l’articulation des sons en français 

  5. Décrire et produire les patrons d’intonation, du rythme, et de l’accentuation du français parlé 

  6. Discriminer entre les sons difficiles pour les anglophones et les hispanophones 

  7. Percevoir et produire quelques processus phonologiques variables dans des contextes convenables 

  8. Percevoir les différences phonétiques entre plusieurs variétés du français 


 

FR 611C • Intermediate French

36660 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.124

French 611C is the second semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes a basic knowledge of the language. Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactif  helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks.

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction: student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36435 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.124

Welcome to the French Intensive Language Program. French 601C is the first semester elementary French course at the University of Texas and assumes no previous knowledge of the language.  Français interactif is a unique beginning French program developed at the University of Texas. Français interactifhelps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real UT students who participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The UT students will introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.  Keep in mind as you watch these students that they were in your position only a year ago--enrolled in beginning French at UT!  This program shows you that it IS possible to learn French well enough to communicate with native speakers.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch videos of native French speakers as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions (e.g., vendors in the market, waiters at a café, children getting ready to go to school, etc.)  These video-based materials give Français interactif an authenticity and immediacy lacking in most commercially produced textbooks. 

As its name implies, Français interactif emphasizes interaction:
student/teacher, student/student, student/computer, and even
student/native-speaker.  The goal of these materials is in its title: interaction in French!  More specifically, the goal of this course is to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French.  This means that you will learn useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information, which is embedded naturally in the videos and textbook content.  The classroom focus is on learner-centered group activities and language is naturally communicative.

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  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531