Italian linguistics

A.Y. 2019/2020
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a general knowledge of the structures of Italian (phonetics, morphology, morphosyntax, syntax), to introduce them to the main problems relating to textuality (studying the forms that text can take in relation to communication purposes and to social expectations) and to give them basic information on the historical grammar and the history of the Italian language. It also offers them the possibility of making practice in reading texts from a linguistic point of view.
Expected learning outcomes
As for the expected learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, at the end of the course, the student will have acquired solid basic information on the characteristics of Italian as a linguistic system and on its historical development. The student will also be able to analyze literary and non literary texts from a linguistic perspective.
With regard to skills acquisition, at the end of the course the student should be able to report with convincing accuracy and completeness of information on the structural characteristics italian; he/she should be able to report, possibly referring to some texts, on the history of Italian and on the evolution of the italian language system; he/she should be able to understand and comment on typologically different texts of various chronological heights.
Course syllabus and organization

A-De

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course offers a description of the main aspects of phonetics, syntax, historical grammar and of the history of the Italian language; in the course of the lessons, students will also confront a linguistically oriented reading of literary and non literary of different dating.
In particular, the first module provides essential information on the phonetic structure of contemporary Italian. In the second, some data is offered on its syntactic structure, even from a comparative perspective and according to different models. In the third, we retrace some stages of the evolution of the grammatical system of Italian starting from the vulgar Latin phase. In the fourth we dwell on some moments in the history of the Italian language.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is not preparatory in a binding way for other courses, but it offers basics of knowledge for other subjects in the Italian Linguistics area.
There are no prerequisites for admission. Frequency, however, benefits from an elementary knowledge (essentially: of the morphology) of Latin.
Teaching methods
Teaching consists of face-to-face lectures that include the analysis of case studies; the teacher may propose that students work on short papers on agreed topics, which generally require linguistic analysis of texts. There are, especially with regard to the phonetics and syntax modules, moments of practice that require the direct proactive involment of the student. For this reason, attendance at classes is strongly recommended.
Support materials, in the form of presentations and texts in pdf format, are made available through the Ariel platform.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit A:
- Massimo Prada, Introduzione alla Fonetica. Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Milano, Led, 2010.

Teaching Unit B:
- Massimo Prada, Annotazioni di sintassi generativa, Milano, Led, 2006 (i capp. I-VI incluso)

Teaching Unit C:
- Giuseppe Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017.

Teaching Unit D:
- Silvia Morgana, Breve storia della lingua italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2009
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015

Non-attending students:

Teaching Unit A:
- Massimo Prada, Introduzione alla Fonetica. Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Milano, Led, 2010.
Not attending students may find the following handbook useful:
- Antonio Batinti, Testi in trascrizione fonetica. Appunti di fonetica e fonologia dell'italiano, Perugia, Guerra, 1983.

Teaching Unit B:
- Massimo Prada, Annotazioni di sintassi generativa, Milano, Led, 2006 (i capp. I-VI incluso)
- Cristiana De Santis, Che cos'è la grammatica valenziale, Roma, Carocci, 2016.

Teaching Unit C:
- Giuseppe Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017.

Teaching Unit D:
- Silvia Morgana, Breve storia della lingua italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2009
- Claudio Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained through a written test and possibly an oral test that aim at verifying the possession of qualifying knowledge and the ability to put it into practice in the analysis of texts of various kinds.
The written test, mandatory for all first-year students, is open-ended and includes questions that require analysis of short textual excerpts; there are two written exam sessions: the first in early January and the second in the second half of March.
Correctness in relation to the content, relevance, possession of the disciplinary lexicon and the ability to capture linguistically key phenomena within the proposed texts are positively assessed. Papers produced during the year cooperate in determining the evaluation.
Marks are out of 30.
Students who fail the written test must attend a support course where attendance is compulsory, and once they have obtained approval from the tutor, will be able to take the written exam or, alternatively, an oral exam again. The latter will be structured as the written one.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

Di-N

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course offers a description of the main aspects of phonetics, syntax, historical grammar and of the history of the Italian language; during the lectures students will also experience a linguistically oriented reading of literary and non literary of different periods.
In particular, teaching unit A provides essential information on the grammatical structures of contemporary Italian. Teaching unit B will focus on the varieties of italian and on textuality. In unit C third some stages of the evolution of the grammatical system of Italian starting from the vulgar Latin phase will be retraced. In unit D some moments in the history of the Italian language will be looked into.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is not preparatory in a binding way for other courses, but it offers basics of knowledge for other courses in the Italian Linguistics area.
There are no prerequisites for admission. Attendance, however, benefits from an elementary knowledge (essentially: of the morphology) of Latin.
Teaching methods
Teaching consists of face-to-face lectures that include the analysis of case studies; the teacher may propose that students work on short papers on agreed topics, which generally require linguistic analysis of texts. There are moments of practice that require the proactive involvement of students. For this reason, attendance at classes is strongly recommended.
Support materials, in the form of presentations and texts in pdf format, are made available through the Ariel platform.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit A:
- Ilaria Bonomi, Andrea Masini, Silvia Morgana, Mario Piotti, Elementi di linguistica italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2010.

Teaching Unit B:
- Angela Ferrari, Che cos'è un testo?, Roma, Carocci, 2019
- Sergio Bozzola, La lirica. Dalle origini a Leopardi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012

Teaching Unit C:
- Paolo D'Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell'italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2001

Teaching Unit D:
- Marcello Aprile, Dalle parole ai dizionari, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Usi e generi dell'italiano mediato tecnicamente, Milano, Angeli, 2015

Non-attending students:
Teaching Unit A:
- Ilaria Bonomi, Andrea Masini, Silvia Morgana, Mario Piotti, Elementi di linguistica italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2010.
- Giorgio Graffi, La frase: l'analisi logica, Roma, Carocci, 2012

Teaching Unit B:
- Angela Ferrari, Che cos'è un testo?, Roma, Carocci, 2019
- Sergio Bozzola, La lirica. Dalle origini a Leopardi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012
- Luigi Matt, La narrativa del Novecento, Bologna, il Mulino, 2011

Teaching Unit C:
- Paolo D'Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell'italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2001
- Pietro Trifone (a cura di), Lingua e identità. Una storia sociale dell'italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2006

Teaching Unit D:
- Marcello Aprile, Dalle parole ai dizionari, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Usi e generi dell'italiano mediato tecnicamente, Milano, Angeli, 2015
- Mari D'Agostino, Sociolinguistica dell'Italia contemporanea, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained through a written test and possibly an oral test aiming at verifying the possession of qualifying knowledge and the ability to put it into practice in the analysis of texts of various kinds.
The written test, mandatory for all first-year students, is open-ended and includes questions that require analysis of short textual excerpts; there are two written exam sessions: the first in early January and the second in the second half of March.
Correctness in relation to the content, relevance, possession of the disciplinary lexicon and the ability to capture linguistically key phenomena within the proposed texts are positively assessed. Papers produced during the year cooperate in determining the final result.
Marks are out of 30.
Students who fail the written test will have to access a compulsory attendance support course and, once they have followed it obtaining approval from the tutor, will be able to take again the written exam or an oral exam again. This one will be structured as the written one.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Piotti Mario
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Piotti Mario
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Piotti Mario
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Dota Michela

O-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Course title:
The Italian linguistic system: starting a synchronic and diachronic description (80 hours; 12 CFU)

Module A (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of the history of the Italian language
Module B (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of historical grammar and reading of texts. Tutorials on the origins manuscripts
Module C (20 hours; 3 CFU): Doing things with words: text and context
Module D (20 hours; 3 CFU): Models and examples of syntactic description

The course deals with the history of Italian linguistic from different perspectives, considering the significant stages of Italian education, from its origins to contemporary uses. Teaching units A and B will touch on moments of linguistic diachrony, exemplifying on the texts the historical grammar of Italian and the historically attested varieties. The course as a result focuses on aspects of textuality, linked to the perspective of pragmatic investigation and study of the relationship between text and context (teaching unit C); the syntax of the Italian language, considered through the perspective of two recent reading lenses, will be the focus of teaching unit D.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is not preparatory in a binding way for other courses, but it offers basics of knowledge for other subjects in the Italian Linguistics area.
There are no prerequisites for admission. Frequency, however, benefits from an elementary knowledge (essentially: of the morphology) of Latin.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format. The teacher will involve the students in a seminar, if the number of students allows it.
The materials that will be commented on in class will be made available on the Ariel platform and in-depth, non-mandatory, information will be made available to improve the skills acquired.
Teaching Resources
Course title:
The Italian linguistic system: starting a synchronic and diachronic description (80 hours; 12 CFU)

Module A (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of the history of the Italian language
Module B (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of historical grammar and reading of texts. Tutorials on the origins manuscripts
Module C (20 hours; 3 CFU): Doing things with words: text and context
Module D (20 hours; 3 CFU): Models and examples of syntactic description

The course deals with the history of Italian linguistic from different perspectives, considering the significant stages of Italian education, from its origins to contemporary uses. Teaching units A and B will touch on moments of linguistic diachrony, exemplifying on the texts the historical grammar of Italian and the historically attested varieties. The course as a result focuses on aspects of textuality, linked to the perspective of pragmatic investigation and study of the relationship between text and context (teaching unit C); the syntax of the Italian language, considered through the perspective of two recent reading lenses, will be the focus of teaching unit D.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained through a written test and possibly an oral test aiming at verifying the possession of qualifying knowledge and the ability to put it into practice in the analysis of texts of various kinds.
The written test, mandatory for all first-year students, is open-ended and includes questions that require analysis of short textual excerpts; there are two written exam sessions: the first in early January and the second in the second half of March.
Correctness in relation to the content, relevance, possession of the disciplinary lexicon and the ability to capture linguistically key phenomena within the proposed texts are positively assessed. Papers produced during the year cooperate in determining the evaluation.
Marks are out of 30.
Students who fail the written test must attend a support course where attendance is compulsory, and once they have obtained approval from the tutor, will be able to take the written exam or, alternatively, an oral exam again. The latter will be structured as the written one.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours