Historical linguistics

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with notions of historical linguistics more advanced than those acquired during the Glottology course of the three-year degree. A part of the course is dedicated to an in-depth analysis of some aspects of the comparative and reconstructive investigation in Indo-European linguistics. Subsequently, various phenomena characteristic of language change will be taken into consideration and investigated through the reading and linguistic analysis of texts of ancient Indo-European languages, in particular Greek and Latin.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have broadened his knowledge of the aspects of linguistic variation; he will also have a knowledge of the most up-to-date bibliographic tools and repertoires useful for the investigation of Indo-European languages; moreover, he will have become familiar with the main interpretative models typical of historical linguistics. As for the methodological aspects, the student will be able to interpret the linguistic data in a diachronic perspective and to correctly conduct the etymological analysis in its various articulations; finally, he will be able to use the relevant bibliographic tools and etymological repertoires, to critically evaluate their contribution and assess their reliability.
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The aim of the course is to provide students with notions of historical linguistics that are more advanced than those acquired during the undergraduate Comparative Philology course. In the first part of the course (teaching unit A) some aspects of the comparative and reconstructive survey in Indo-European studies will be examined in depth. Subsequently (teaching unit B) aspects of linguistic change will be taken into account.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is intended for students who have already taken an exam in Comparative Philology.
Teaching methods
The teaching is is offered in a lecture format. Lectures are designed for the students to acquire the knowledge which is the subject of the discipline.
Attendance at the course is strongly recommended.
Bibliography
Attending students

Teaching Unit A
C.A. CIANCAGLINI - A. KEIDAN, Linguistica generale e storica. Per studenti di lingue orientali e classiche. Volume II, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2018.

Teaching Unit B
E. MAGNI, Linguistica storica, Bologna, Pàtron, 2014, or J. BYBEE, Language Change, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.


NON-attending students

Teaching Unit A
C.A. CIANCAGLINI - A. KEIDAN, Linguistica generale e storica. Per studenti di lingue orientali e classiche. Volume II, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2018.

Teaching Unit B
E. MAGNI, Linguistica storica, Bologna, Pàtron, 2014, or J. BYBEE, Language Change, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
M. NAPOLI, Linguistica diacronica. La prospettiva tipologica, Roma, Carocci, 2019.
Assessement methods and criteria
Oral test: The oral test consists of an interview on the topics indicated in the programme, aimed at ascertaining students' knowledge of the topics dealt with in the individual teaching units and the contents of the reference texts indicated in the programme. In addition to in-depth knowledge of the contents proposed, the students must demonstrate that they are able to apply the knowledge acquired in order to analyse and interpret the linguistic facts submitted to them in an appropriate manner.
The clarity and punctuality of the answers and the precise and correct use of the specialist vocabulary of the discipline will also contribute to the final evaluation.
Marks are out of 30.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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