Theoretical linguistics

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at students who already have basic skills in the language sciences and it is aimed at deepening aspects of the general reflection on language.
The course deals with: 1) the relationship between word classes and syntactic functions and, in particular, those parts of the speech that are located in the 'continuum' between word and sentence; 2) the lexicon-grammar 'continuum' through the description of some cases, useful to grasp the contribution of the models offered by linguistics in its general, historical, typological and acquisitional approaches.
Expected learning outcomes
As a whole, the course aims to offer a series of specialist knowledge in general linguistics, through the deepening of the study of structures and phenomena typical of historical-natural languages with a more focused attention to the general and theoretical framework of the content proposed in the individual units.
At the end of the course the student should be able to present and report in a correct and precise way the topics dealt with in the two didactic units and to be able to describe phenomena of language and of historical-natural languages using in a conscious way notions, categories, tools proper to linguistic science, also in the light of a firm knowledge of the epistemic coordinates within which these are placed.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Teaching unit A deals with the relationship between word classes and syntactic functions, in particular with those classes that are placed within the 'Word-Sentence Continuum'.
Teaching unit B focuses on the 'Vocabulary-Grammar Continuum', and it proposes the analysis and description of specific examples, in order to show the contribution given by different models and approaches (i.e. general, historical, typological, acquisitional) of linguistic sciences.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is addressed to those students who have already taken a course either in Linguistics or in Theoretical Linguistics ('three year degree').
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format. Learning materials are also available online on the Ariel platform, in order to provide the students with the tools for a deeper reflection and critical awareness. For these reasons students are strongly recommended to attend the course.
Bibliography
Bibliography for attending students
Teaching Unit A:
. Adriano Colombo - Giorgio Graffi, Capire la grammatica. Il contributo della linguistica, Roma, Carocci, 2017 (rist. 2019).
. Anna-Maria De Cesare, Le parti invariabili del discorso, Roma, Carocci, 2019.


Teaching Unit B:
. Paolo Ramat, "Categorie linguistiche e categorizzazioni del linguista", in Id., Pagine linguistiche. Scritti di linguistica storica e tipologica, Bari, Laterza, 2005, pp. 61-88 (IV)
. Paolo Ramat, "Su degrammaticalizzazione e transcategorizzazione", in Id., Pagine linguistiche. Scritti di linguistica storica e tipologica, Bari, Laterza, 2005, pp. 89-105 (V)
. Romano Lazzeroni, "Mutamento e apprendimento", in Lidia Costamagna - Stefania Giannini (a cura di), Acquisizione e mutamento di categorie linguistiche. Atti del Convegno della S.I.G. Perugia, 23-25 ottobre 2003, Roma, il Calamo, 2005, pp. 13-24
. Anna Giacalone Ramat, "Acquisizione e mutamento in prospettiva tipologica", in Lidia Costamagna - Stefania Giannini (a cura di), Acquisizione e mutamento di categorie linguistiche. Atti del Convegno della S.I.G. Perugia, 23-25 ottobre 2003, Roma, il Calamo, 2005, pp. 195-223
. materiali predisposti dal docente.

Bibliography for non-attending students
Teaching Unit A

. Adriano Colombo - Giorgio Graffi, Capire la grammatica. Il contributo della linguistica, Roma, Carocci, 2017 (rist. 2019).
. Anna-Maria De Cesare, Le parti invariabili del discorso, Roma, Carocci, 2019.
. Grazia Basile - Federica Casadei - Luca Lorenzetti - Giancarlo Schirru - Anna Maria Thornton, Linguistica generale, Roma, Carocci, 2010 (rist. 2018).

Teaching Unit B

. Paolo Ramat, "Categorie linguistiche e categorizzazioni del linguista", in Id., Pagine linguistiche. Scritti di linguistica storica e tipologica, Bari, Laterza, 2005, pp. 61-88 (IV)
. Paolo Ramat, "Su degrammaticalizzazione e transcategorizzazione", in Id., Pagine linguistiche. Scritti di linguistica storica e tipologica, Bari, Laterza, 2005, pp. 89-105 (V)
. Romano Lazzeroni, "Mutamento e apprendimento", in Lidia Costamagna - Stefania Giannini (a cura di), Acquisizione e mutamento di categorie linguistiche. Atti del Convegno della S.I.G. Perugia, 23-25 ottobre 2003, Roma, il Calamo, 2005, pp. 13-24
. Anna Giacalone Ramat, "Acquisizione e mutamento in prospettiva tipologica", in Lidia Costamagna - Stefania Giannini (a cura di), Acquisizione e mutamento di categorie linguistiche. Atti del Convegno della S.I.G. Perugia, 23-25 ottobre 2003, Roma, il Calamo, 2005, pp. 195-223
. Grazia Basile - Federica Casadei - Luca Lorenzetti - Giancarlo Schirru - Anna Maria Thornton, Linguistica generale, Roma, Carocci, 2010 (rist. 2018)
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam involves an oral, individual interview with each teacher, in order to ascertain learning results concerning single units, A and B, and to assign a mark (out of 30) to every interview. The overall assessment of the exam will be corresponding to the average marks achieved for each unit and expressed in thirtieths.
The assessment aims at testing students' skills, on the basis of their ability to describe and frame specific topics proposed by units A and B, and to illustrate them with critical and autonomous awareness, in order to show adequate possession of the methodological and notional instruments given by Theoretical Linguistics and to explain linguistic phenomena and structures by using a precise and appropriate metalanguage.
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
Professor: Biondi Laura
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Professor(s)
Reception:
I Semester: Tuesday 9.00-12.0; II Semester: Wednesday 9.30-12.30
Glottologia and Linguistica (I floor)