History of Italian language

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with basic information on facts and problems relating to the history of the Italian language, from the first centuries to the contemporary age. Students will read and analyse texts putting them into the historical and cultural context in which they were produced.
Expected learning outcomes
Skills: At the end of teaching the student will have acquired the information and skills needed for evaluating in a critical, methodologically correct and culturally contextualized way the texts with which he/she will be put in contact. The student will also possess a good master of the main facts in the evolution of grammatical structures.
Abilities: The overall goal is to enhance a broad-spectrum ability to understand the means of documents of the centuries-old italian tradition and to discuss them in a critical fashion.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
During the emergency teaching phase, the program is maintained with the following necessary changes for a good online use of the course originally designed for face-to-face teaching.

Teaching methods:
The face-to-face course will be replaced mainly by the pubblication on ARIEL website (section: teaching methods) of 3 power-points files (with audio) every week for 10 weeks.
Students who intend to take the 6 CFU exam will follow the online course until the middle of the seventh week; students who intend to take the 9 CFU exam will follow the online course until the end of the tenth week.
In the power-points will be addressed, as scheduled, moments, problems and texts of Italian linguistic history, from the origins to the fourteenth century (the golden age of the literary language), to the humanistic age and the Renaissance, when the norm will be codified and a precise type of Florentine lexicon will be consecrated.
During the last lessons (for 9 CFU students), the study of the evolution from literary Italian to Italian as national common language will be set.
On ARIEL website, before the start of the course, indications relating to the schedule of lessons, all the details of the activities and the necessary information for the study and to face the exam will be gradually provided.

Materials of the course:
Attending students, in addition to the bibliography already reported in the program, must refer to all the lessons, materials and resources uploaded to the online course.

Evaluation methods and criteria:
The exam will be oral and take place on the online platforme Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. On ARIEL website indications relating to the schedule of exams will be provided.
Course syllabus
The course plan includes the presentation and discussion of moments and problems of Italian linguistic history. These are addressed by means of an analysis of texts from the origins to the contemporary age setting them in the historical and cultural context they belong to. In particular, in teaching unit A the main developments of Italian up to the fourteenth century and the related texts will be presented and commented on; in teaching unit B the ages of Humanism and Renaissance will be addressed through the most significant problems and works; unit C will focus on the study of evolution from literary Italian to Italian as a national common language, from political Unification to republican institutions. Aspects leading to the birth of regional varieties, "standard" Italian and digital Italian, such as the coexistence with dialects, economic expansion, internal migration, technological progress and the phenomenon of immigration will be looked into. As a documentary basis, texts, generally prose, mainly literary, but also of a non-literary nature, will be presented and examined.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format; attendance is strongly recommended in accordance with the expected learning outcomes (i.e. acquiring the information and skills necessary for a methodologically-aware and culturally-contextualised critical understanding of different text-types, by combining knowledge of the literary and historical contents of the text with grammatical knowledge concerning the development of language in a diachronic perspective) and with the overall objectives of the programme in classical and modern literatures (Lettere), aiming to provide a sound methodological and historical training in linguistics, philology and literary studies.
Teaching Resources
Attending students 6 CFU:
Teaching unit A
C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.

Teaching unit B
One of the following books:
S. Morgana, Capitoli di storia linguistica italiana, Milano, LED, 2003;
F. Gatta, R. Tesi (a cura di), Lingua d'autore, Roma, Carocci, 2000;
F. Brugnolo, La lingua di cui si vanta Amore, Roma, Carocci, 2009;
I. Bonomi, S. Morgana (a cura di), La lingua italiana e i mass media, Roma, Carocci, 2016;
C. Marazzini, Da Dante alle lingue del Web, Roma, Carocci, 2013;
R. Gualdo, Per l'italiano, Roma, Aracne, 2011;
P. Manni, La lingua di Dante, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013;
P. Manni, La lingua di Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, La quarta corona. Pietro Bembo e la codificazione dell'italiano scritto, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Il Rinascimento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019;
L. Pizzoli, La politica linguistica in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2018;
C. Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018.


Attending students 9 CFU:
Teaching unit A
C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.

Teaching unit B
C. Marazzini, Da Dante alle lingue del Web, Roma, Carocci, 2013.

Teaching unit C
One book chosen among the following:
S. Morgana, Capitoli di storia linguistica italiana, Milano, LED, 2003;
F. Gatta, R. Tesi (a cura di), Lingua d'autore, Roma, Carocci, 2000;
F. Brugnolo, La lingua di cui si vanta Amore, Roma, Carocci, 2009;
I. Bonomi, S. Morgana (a cura di) La lingua italiana e i mass media, Roma, Carocci, 2016;
R. Gualdo, Per l'italiano, Roma, Aracne, 2011;
P. Manni, La lingua di Dante, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013;
P. Manni, La lingua di Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, La quarta corona. Pietro Bembo e la codificazione dell'italiano scritto, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Il Rinascimento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019;
L. Pizzoli, La politica linguistica in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2018;
C. Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018.

Non-attending students 6 CFU:
Teaching unit A
C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.
C. Marazzini, Da Dante alle lingue del Web, Roma, Carocci, 2013.

Teaching unit B
Two books chosen among the following:
S. Morgana, Capitoli di storia linguistica italiana, Milano, LED, 2003;
F. Gatta, R. Tesi (a cura di), Lingua d'autore, Roma, Carocci, 2000;
F. Brugnolo, La lingua di cui si vanta Amore, Roma, Carocci, 2009;
I. Bonomi, S. Morgana (a cura di), La lingua italiana e i mass media, Roma, Carocci, 2016;
R. Gualdo, Per l'italiano, Roma, Aracne, 2011;
P. Manni, La lingua di Dante, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013;
P. Manni, La lingua di Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, La quarta corona. Pietro Bembo e la codificazione dell'italiano scritto, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Il Rinascimento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019;
L. Pizzoli, La politica linguistica in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2018;
C. Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018.

Non-attending students 9 CFU:
Teaching unit A
C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007;
S. Morgana, Capitoli di storia linguistica italiana, Milano, LED, 2003.

Teaching unit B
C. Marazzini, Da Dante alle lingue del Web, Roma, Carocci, 2013;

Teaching unit C
Two books chosen among the following:
S. Morgana, Capitoli di storia linguistica italiana, Milano, LED, 2003;
F. Gatta, R. Tesi (a cura di), Lingua d'autore, Roma, Carocci, 2000;
F. Brugnolo, La lingua di cui si vanta Amore, Roma, Carocci, 2009;
I. Bonomi, S. Morgana (a cura di), La lingua italiana e i mass media, Roma, Carocci, 2016;
R. Gualdo, Per l'italiano, Roma, Aracne, 2011;
P. Manni, La lingua di Dante, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013;
P. Manni, La lingua di Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015;
G. Patota, La quarta corona. Pietro Bembo e la codificazione dell'italiano scritto, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017;
G. Patota, La grande bellezza dell'italiano. Il Rinascimento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019;
L. Pizzoli, La politica linguistica in Italia, Roma, Carocci, 2018;
C. Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an oral examination, aimed at ascertaining students' knowledge of the information and skills necessary for a methodologically-aware and culturally-contextualised critical understanding of different text-types, by combining knowledge of the literary and historical contents of the text with grammatical knowledge concerning the development of Italian language in a diachronic perspective.
Assessment criteria, in addition to the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the contents, are the following: ability to organize knowledge discursively; capacity for critical reasoning on the study carried out; quality and effectiveness of presentation, competence in the use of the appropriate discipline-specific language.
Marks are out of 30.
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
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