Theoretical linguistics

A.Y. 2019/2020
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce students to the study of human language science, the main instrument of communication in the homo sapiens species and a device of extraordinary structural complexity. For this purpose, a systematic treatment of the characteristics of the various levels of organization of the human language (phonology, morphology, syntax) will be examined with constant attention to the semantic and pragmatic dimensions. Insights into the methods of studying social variation in language will also be looked at. For both dimensions, structural and socio-historical, language will be provided to students with appropriate analysis tools, necessary to train professionals capable of working in different areas of communication.
Expected learning outcomes
The topics addressed are intended to provide students with systematic knowledge about the structures and historical social use of human language. From such an awareness comes the adequate competencies to be applied to an independent and knowledgeable analysis of the many aspects of human language. Particular attention will be given to the development of consciousness and the ability to analyse the social variation of language as the basis for the development of proper communicative competencies.
The acquisition by students of systematic knowledge about the structures and historic social use of human language will ensure them the appropriate skills for an autonomous and knowledgeable analysis of the multiple aspects of human language.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Syllabus
The course aims to provide a general introduction to the study of language sciences. Units A and B will provide the tools for the analysis of the different levels of organization that characterize the structure of the human language. Unit C is devoted to the study of social variation of the languages.
Prerequisites, exams and assessment
No prerequisites.
Teaching methods
The contents of the course will be explained in frontal lessons with the help of slides and teaching materials that will be available to the students on Ariel platform.
Teaching resources and bibliography
1) For attending students:

Unit A (Prof. Francesco Dedè)

Contents of the lessons.

G. GRAFFI- S. SCALISE, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013 or
later editions.

Unit B (Prof. Andrea Scala)

Contents of the lessons.

E. BANFI- N. GRANDI, Lingue d'Europa. Elementi di storia e di tipologia linguistica, Roma, Carocci, 2003 or
later editions.

Unit C (Prof. Andrea Scala)

Contents of the lessons.

G. BERRUTO, Fondamenti di sociolinguistica, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2003 or later editions, except chapters 1 and 2.

Students that want to acquire 12cfu will add the volume: F. CASADEI, Lessico e semantica, Roma, Carocci, 2003 or
later editions.

2) For non-attending students:

Unit A (Prof. Francesco Dedè)

G. GRAFFI- S. SCALISE, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013 or
later editions.
P. MATURI, I suoni delle lingue, i suoni dell'italiano. Introduzione alla fonetica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006 or later
editions (Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2).

Unit B (Prof. Andrea Scala)

E. BANFI- N. GRANDI, Lingue d'Europa. Elementi di storia e di tipologia linguistica, Roma, Carocci, 2003 or
later editions.

Unit C (Prof. Andrea Scala)

G. BERRUTO, Prima lezione di sociolinguistica, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2017.
G. BERRUTO, Fondamenti di sociolinguistica, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2003 or later editions, except chapters 1 and 2.

Students that want to acquire 12cfu will add the volume: F. CASADEI, Lessico e semantica, Roma, Carocci, 2003 or
later editions.

Non-attending students are requested to meet prof. Andrea Scala during his office hours before starting to study
the exam program.
Exam
The final assessment will derive from an oral exam concerning the contents of the program. Attending students have the possibility to sustain a written exam about the topics of Unit A and Unit B. The oral exam aims to verify the knowledge acquired by the students in the basic topics of general linguistics and their capability to apply methods of linguistic analysis.
International students or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher in charge of the course in a timely manner. The examination procedures for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Dede' Francesco
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Scala Andrea
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Scala Andrea
Unita' didattica D
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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