Undergraduate Licence: Linguistic Science - Bordeaux Montaigne University

Undergraduate Licence: Linguistic Science



The discipline of linguistic science aims to describe and understand the structure of human language and the way in which it functions in all its dimensions.


The objective of the Bordeaux Montaigne University undergraduate Licence in Linguistic Science is to provide students with a grounding in the practices and theories of fields of study that are central to linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics (the study of speech acts in context), as well as in the interdisciplinary domains connected to linguistics, including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, the philosophy of language, language didactics, natural language processing, etc. If the study of French occupies a central position in the programme of teaching, then this course also offers a window on to a wide range of global languages, in order to encourage sensitivity to different types of linguistic systems.

The curriculum also includes a certain number of compulsory course units, which are intended to broaden the students’ skills base, including English (written and oral), the choice of a second foreign language, sociology, psychology, and information technology.

In the first and second year of undergraduate study, units on the methodology of linguistic science enable students to consolidate the fundamental grounding they have acquired, and to strengthen their command of the French language.

More broadly speaking, the programme develops analytical skills, a critical eye, and a capacity for abstract argumentation.

Ultimately, students will have acquired a good education in general culture, and a command of written and oral French, which are valuable skills in a variety of employment sectors. 



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Non-French speakers

For non-French speakers – whether students, employees or researchers – the Department of French as a Foreign Language (DEFLE) offers courses in French as a foreign language for all levels within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).