The Department of French and Italian

Karina High


M.A. French, University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor
Karina High

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-9618
  • Office: HRH 4.148
  • Office Hours: W 11-12, Th 11-12
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600

Interests


Comparative and Diachronic Romance Linguistics; Language Variation and Contact; Grammaticalization; Sociolinguistics.

Biography


I am a fourth-year graduate student in French Linguistics. In 2013, I completed a M. Phil. in Romance Studies, with a major in French and a minor in Italian at the University of Vienna. The same year, I received a BA at the University of Vienna, Austria, with a major in Ancient History and minors in Papyrology, Epigraphy, and Numismatics.

Several factors throughout my education have contributed to my interest in French linguistics and historical linguistics. Initially, it was sparked in high school when I encountered the stimulating combination of highly competent French native-speaker teaching assistants and intriguing discussions about etymology in Latin classes. Later, already a student at the University of Vienna, I spent a year abroad as an exchange student at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France. This allowed me to make great strides in refining my active and passive knowledge of the French language; it also solidified my wish to pursue advanced studies in the area of French linguistics.

Not in the least to be discounted, finally, is my experience in the field of Ancient History. It established within me a richly patterned socio-political framework in which to set the development of the Romance languages. It is perhaps not altogether unexpected, then, that my research focuses on lines of inquiry that intersect with historical linguistics, language contact, and sociolinguistics.

Courses


FR 317C • Enhancing French Skills

35750 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM RLP 0.106

FR 317C. Enhancing French Skills. An advanced intermediate course which serves to
continue the development of your communication abilities in French by practicing the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading.  In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the French language and culture through the daily use of authentic documents, such as songs, movie clips, comic strips, journalistic and literary readings, internet videos, and websites.  Meets the prerequisite requirements for French 320E or 324L.  Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: French 611C with a grade of at least C.

FR 324L • Practical Phonetics

36280 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 0.128

This course has a dual emphasis on descriptive phonetics and on its practical application to improve your pronunciation and auditory discrimination of French. By the end of the semester you should be able to:

  1. Read and correctly produce phonetic transcriptions of French.
  2. Transcribe written and oral French into IPA.
  3. Describe the relationship between spelling and pronunciation.
  4. Describe how French sounds are produced.
  5. Describe the basic intonation, rhythm and stress patterns of French.
  6. Discriminate between sounds that are difficult for Anglophones or Hispanophones to perceive.
  7. Perceive and produce liaison and enchaînement in obligatory contexts.
  8. Demonstrate a marked improvement in your listening skills and in your own pronunciation of French.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36590 • Fall 2017
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.

FR 601C • Beginning French

36545 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 304

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 601C • Beginning French

36425 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM PAR 304

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