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Gyula Zsombok

Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies

 
 work(802) 443-3044
 Fall 2021: Tues 9:00-10:00; Thurs 3:00-5:00 and by appointment
 Le Chateau 103

Gyula Zsombok (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies at Middlebury College. He holds a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began teaching at Middlebury in 2020.

In his research, Prof. Zsombok studies language ideologies and authority in French with a focus on France and Québec. He is interested in the social dynamics of top-down intervention in language use, in particular with respect to borrowings, lexical innovation and inclusive writing. His methodologies include computational and statistical implementations on a variety of textual data, such as social media texts, newspaper publications, surveys, web scraping, etc.

In addition to teaching a number of French language classes at different levels, Prof. Zsombok has recently offered courses on French in North America, Language Ideologies in the Francophone World and a writing intensive course. He has extensive training in second language acquisition, and he is dedicated to providing an immersive language environment through a communicative approach.

In English, his name is approximately pronounced as “JOO-lah ZHOM-bok” or IPA /'dʒula 'ʒombok/.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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FREN 6728 - Language Policy and Inclusion      

Language Policy and Inclusion
What is inclusive language? How do speakers of French perceive gender-neutral expressions? What roles do linguistic authorities play in the future of linguistic inclusion? Historical and more recent social movements have called into question the purist assertion that the grammatical masculin gender ought to be considered neutral in French. From the feminization of profession names, the proximity agreement, to binary and gender-neutral pronouns, inclusive language encompasses a vast variety of applications. In addition, sociolinguistic and political differences between France and Québec result in diverging attitudes toward its implementation, ranging from political support to outright institutional rejection. This course will explore language policies in France and Québec responsible for the practical implementation of inclusive language. The course is designed to help students improve their analytical and critical thinking skills, work with data, and prepare them for professional research presentations, including abstracts as well as poster and conference talks.
Materials will be provided by the instructor. Linguistics

Summer 2021 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 0102 - Beginning French Part Two      

Beginning French
This course is a continuation of FREN 0101, dealing with more complex French. Oral skills are stressed and students participate in the French language table at lunch. This course does not fulfill the foreign language distribution requirement. (FREN 0101) WTR

Winter 2022

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FREN 0201 - Intermediate French I      

Intermediate French I
Emphasis on increased control and proficiency in the language through audiovisual, conversational, and drill methods. Readings and film enlarge the student's view of French life and culture. (FREN 0102 or by placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2021

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FREN 0203 - Intermediate French II      

Intermediate French II
An active and intensive review of French grammar for students having had good beginning-level training in French. We will work not only to perfect mastery of the structures of the language with practice of writing and reading, but also to develop oral comprehension and production skills. (FREN 0103 or FREN 0105 or placement) 5 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2021

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FREN 0209 - Self&Society Writing in French      

Self and Society: Effective Writing in French
In this course, students will deepen their knowledge of the French language and French-speaking cultures while developing their reading and writing skills through examination of a variety of texts and media. This course facilitates the transition from language-oriented courses (FREN 0205) to content-oriented courses (such as FREN 0220 and FREN 0230) by introducing students to strategies for interpretation and discussion, with a focus on effective writing. Course materials may include essays/articles, theater, fiction, poetry, videos, and films. (FREN 0205 or by placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CW EUR LNG

Spring 2021, Spring 2022

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FREN 0232 - French in North America      

French in North America
In this course we will focus on French varieties in North America, including those found in Québec, historic Acadia, New England, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. We will survey the impact of French colonialism on the linguistic landscape of North America and the sociolinguistic dynamics of French-speaking communities. We will study language revitalization and maintenance in local newspapers, social media, literature, and film. This course is intended to facilitate the transition between introductory and advanced-level classes with an emphasis on developing written and oral expression in French. (FREN 0209) 3 hrs. lect. AMR LNG NOR SOC

Fall 2020

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FREN 0233 / LNGT 0233 - History of the French Language      

History of the French Language
In this course we will study how French has evolved into a global language. We will survey its development from a Latin dialect spoken in ancient Gaul to its present-day diversity in the French-speaking world, with a focus on comparative analysis. Specific topics may include linguistic variation over time, gender and language change, phonological history, spelling reforms, and language use on social media. Students will engage with historical and contemporary texts, art, and audiovisual sources. (FREN 0209, or by waiver. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP HIS LNG

Spring 2022

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FREN 0335 - Lang Ideolog in Francophonie      

Language Ideologies in the Francophone World
Is French really in danger? Does it need to be defended? Language ideologies have prevailed in France since the foundation of the French Academy in 1635. New waves of language defenders emerged in the 20th century especially against English in the technological and entertainment industry. In this course, we will examine the history of French language ideologies in the Francophone world from the 17th to the 21st century in order to better understand French attitudes toward the “bon usage”. In addition to theoretical works, we will explore language laws, newspaper articles, social media posts, radio news, and documentaries. (FREN 0220, 221, 222, 224, 230) 3 hrs. sem. CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2020

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FREN 0337 / LNGT 0337 - French Language and Society      

French Language and Society
In this course we will study the relationship between the French language and French-speaking societies. Sociolinguistic approaches will be used to explore how geography, class, ethnicity, and gender influence dialectal, lexical, and phonological variation. We will examine how language contact with regional and minority languages affects language use and development. Materials will include scholarly publications, speech samples, social media, and films. Students will learn how to build and analyze surveys, and will practice presenting their research at professional venues. (At least two FREN courses above 0209, or by waiver. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.) 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LNG SOC

Fall 2021

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FREN 0500 - Independent Projects      

Independent Project
Qualified students may be permitted to undertake a special project in reading and research under the direction of a member of the department. Students should seek an advisor and submit a proposal to the department well in advance of registration for the term in which the work is to be undertaken. (Approval required)

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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FREN 0700 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval required).

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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FREN 0701 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
Qualified senior majors who wish to be considered for Honors in French must submit a proposal well in advance of registration for the term in which the work is to be undertaken. (Approval required; see requirements above.)

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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IGST 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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MATH 0118 - Introduction to Data Science      

Introduction to Data Science
In this course students will gain exposure to the entire data science pipeline: forming a statistical question, collecting and cleaning data sets, performing exploratory data analyses, identifying appropriate statistical techniques, and communicating the results, all the while leaning heavily on open source computational tools, in particular the R statistical software language. We will focus on analyzing real, messy, and large data sets, requiring the use of advanced data manipulation/wrangling and data visualization packages. Students will be required to bring alaptop (owned or college-loaned) to class as many lectures will involve in-class computational activities. (formerly MATH216) 3 hrs lect./disc. DED

Spring 2022

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Recent Publlications

Zsombok, G. (2020). Prescribing French: A corpus-linguistic approach to official terminology in French newspapers. Journal of French Language Studies, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959269520000204

 Zsombok, G. (2022, forthcoming). Language Ideologies in the Age of the Internet: Hashtag on French Twitter. Journal of French Language Studies, Special Issue on French Variation in Digital Media.

Department of French

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