Middlebury Language Schools


Didier Tejedor de Felipe. Professeur Titulaire, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Espagne). Doctorat en Linguistique française (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).



Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 6522 - Urban Sociolinguistics      

Sociolinguistique du français : vers une sociolinguistique urbaine / Sociolinguistics of the French language : towards urban sociolinguistics

"This course is intended as an introduction to the problematic pertaining language use within a social context from a sociolinguistic standpoint – discipline dedicated to the study of language in its social and cultural manifestations. The issues discussed in class will range from: sociolinguistics as a field of research, social variation in French, verbal interactions, linguistic representations, and the emergence of an urban sociolinguistic domain. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

Text: a coursepack will be provided.*


Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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FREN 6524 - Introduction to Linguistics      

This course is meant to be a first contact with the principles and methods of linguistic analysis. Involving an introduction to linguistics, this course is appropriate for those begining their French linguistic studies as well as to advanced level students willing to increase and systematize their knowledge by means of a structured reflection on certain fundamental concepts of general linguistics.
An introduction to a complex discipline can be dealt with through different approaches. While proposing a view of the organization and functioning of the human language, presenting the great notions of modern linguistics and the main research fields, we will divide the present course into four broad areas: phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexical semantics, and semantics of the enunciation (enunciative and pragmatic approach).

No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

No textbook required


Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6560 - Intro to Science of Language      

Introduction to the Science of Language

This introductory course to the science of language is addressed to advanced level students. It will focus on the systematization of their linguistic knowledge by structuring certain fundamental concepts on general linguistics. Moreover, it will be introduced how certain recent linguistic models would allow to formulate working hypothesis applicable to other disciplines, such as Psychology.

Required Text: a coursepack will be provided.


Summer 2011

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FREN 6601 - Studies of Semantic-Pragmatic      

In this course we propose a linguistic approach of discourse operators (adverbs, conjunctions, several locutions). The scientific study framework of our object is a recent version of language argumentation theory whitch includes, in particular, strategic discourse notion, theory of stereotypes and polyphony. In the first part of the course, we will attempt to develop a method of analysis based on these notions which will be of use to the description of the chosen linguistics units. In the second part, we will apply the methodology acquired in a corpus of examples having the same lexical entity, to determine the various semantic values.

No textbook required


Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6604 - Historical Phonetics of French      

This course aims to provide an overview of the history of the phonetic system of the French language and the evolution of its spelling. More precisely, the laws that governed on the phonetic transformations from Latin to contemporary French and the impact they have had on the morphology. To do this, we will discuss the basics of general phonetics and articulatory phonetics of contemporary French so that we can then focus our attention on the study of different phonetic changes which are subject, among other vowels and consonants.

No prior training in linguistics is required.


Summer 2013

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FREN 6605 - Roman Linguistics Studies      

Le français et les langues de la Méditerranée: études de linguistique romane / French and Mediterranean Languages: Romance Linguistics Studies

The purpose of this course is to present a general overview of Romance linguistics. We will cover the main so-called neo-Latin languages (among them: Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and French) from both a diachronic and a synchronic perspective. Our approach will highlight, on the one hand, the evolution of Romance languages in their socio-historical contexts and, on the other hand, a general reflection on the language, the different linguistic varieties, and the problems raised in a given society. No previous knowledge of Latin or the other, non-French Romance languages is required.

* (Besides regular credits this course may also cont for one unit (i.e. 3 credits) in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies program)

Linguistics Language & Stylistics

Summer 2010

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