Italian linguistics

A.Y. 2020/2021
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
Classes will be held remotely, mainly sinchronously, through the MSTeams platform.
Students will find all information for accessing classes and specifications concerning the syllabus and learning materials in the course page in the Ariel platform.
Course syllabus
The course offers a description of the main aspects of Sociolinguistics, 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 texts of different dating.
In particular, the first module provides an outline of the sociolinguistic situation in contemporary Italy; the second one provides essential information on the phonetic structure of modern Italian; in the third some data is offered on its syntactic structures, even from a comparative perspective and according to different models; in the fourth the evolution of the grammatical system of Italian is retraced, starting from the vulgar Latin phase; in this module basic information on moments in the history of the Italian language are given too.
Prerequisites for admission
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 and that . 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:
- Paolo D'Achille, L'italiano contemporaneo: strutture e varietà, in Sergio Lubello (a cura di), Manuale di linguistica italiana, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, pp. 163-189.
- Gaetano Berruto, Variazione linguistica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-linguistica_(Enciclopedi…
- Gaetano Berruto, Varietà, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/varieta_(Enciclopedia-dell%27Italia…
- Mari d'Agostino, Variazione diastratica, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diastratica_(Enciclopedi…
- Gaetano Berruto, Variazione diafasica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diafasica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Paolo D'Achille, Variazione diatopica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano,
http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diatopica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Fabio Rossi, Variazione diamesica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diamesica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015

Teaching Unit B:
- Massimo Prada, Introduzione alla Fonetica. Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Milano, Led, 2010.

Teaching Unit C:
- Giorgio Graffi, La frase: l'analisi logica, Roma, Carocci, 2015
- Massimo Prada, Annotazioni di sintassi generativa, Milano, Led, 2006 (i capp. I-VI incluso)

Teaching Unit D:
- Giuseppe Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017.
- Silvia Morgana, Breve storia della lingua italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2009


NON ATTENDING students:

Teaching Unit A:
- Paolo D'Achille, L'italiano contemporaneo: strutture e varietà, in Sergio Lubello (a cura di), Manuale di linguistica italiana, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, pp. 163-189.
- Gaetano Berruto, Variazione linguistica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-linguistica_(Enciclopedi…
- Gaetano Berruto, Varietà, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/varieta_(Enciclopedia-dell%27Italia…
- Mari d'Agostino, Variazione diastratica, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diastratica_(Enciclopedi…
- Gaetano Berruto, Variazione diafasica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diafasica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Paolo D'Achille, Variazione diatopica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano,
http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diatopica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Fabio Rossi, Variazione diamesica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diamesica_(Enciclopedia-…
- Paolo d'Achille, Italiano popolare, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/italiano-popolare_%28Enciclopedia-d…
- Massimo Prada, L'italiano in rete, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015

Teaching Unit B:
- Massimo Prada, Introduzione alla Fonetica. Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Milano, Led, 2010.
- Antonio Batinti, Testi in trascrizione fonetica. Appunti di fonetica e fonologia dell'italiano, Perugia, Guerra, 1983.

Teaching Unit C:
- Massimo Prada, Annotazioni di sintassi generativa, Milano, Led, 2006 (i capp. I-VI incluso)
- Giorgio Graffi, La frase: l'analisi logica, Roma, Carocci, 2015

Teaching Unit D:
- Giuseppe Patota, Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017.
- Silvia Morgana, Breve storia della lingua italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2009
- Claudio Marazzini, Breve storia della questione della lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2018
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained 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.
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.
International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher of the course. Also students with disabilities should contact the teacher of the course, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office.
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 organization

Lessons will be held remotely, through mainly synchronous classes on Microsoft Teams platform. Recording of the lessons will be available on the platform.

On Ariel website students will find teaching materials and pdf files of hard to find books and articles.

Students will also find on Ariel website guidelines to access online classes and updates on the course, exams and eventual changes in the course schedule, therefore frequent access on the Ariel website is highly recommended.



Teaching materials

See the course syllabus



Assessment methods

If, due to health emergency conditions, should be impossible to take face-to-face oral tests, the exam will take place online on Microsoft Teams, following the instructions that will be communicated on the Ariel website. Modalities of the oral test and the evaluation criteria do not change with respect to what stated in the course syllabus.
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, the first part provides essential information on the grammatical structures of contemporary Italian. The second part will focus on the varieties of italian and on textuality. In the third part some stages of the evolution of the grammatical system of Italian starting from the vulgar Latin phase will be retraced. In the fourth part 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
First part:
- Ilaria Bonomi, Andrea Masini, Silvia Morgana, Mario Piotti, Elementi di linguistica italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2010.

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

Third part:
- Paolo D'Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell'italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2001

Fourth part:
- Marcello Aprile, Dalle parole ai dizionari, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015
- Vittorio Coletti, Storia della lingua, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/storia-della-lingua_(Enciclopedia-d…

Non-attending students:
First part:
- 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

second part:
- 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

Third part:
- 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 (two chapters of your choice)

Fourth part:
- Marcello Aprile, Dalle parole ai dizionari, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015
- Vittorio Coletti, Storia della lingua, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/storia-della-lingua_(Enciclopedia-d…
- Mari D'Agostino, Sociolinguistica dell'Italia contemporanea, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012
- Mari D'Agostino, Sociolinguistica dell'Italia contemporanea, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained 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.
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.
International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher of the course. Also students with disabilities should contact the teacher of the course, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Dota Michela
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: Piotti Mario

O-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will take place mainly in synchronous mode, on the Teams platform.
The study materials that will be useful for students to follow the lessons will be published on the Ariel page.
Course syllabus
Course title:
The Italian linguistic system: starting a synchronic and diachronic description (80 hours; 12 CFU)

Part A (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of the history of the Italian language
Part B (20 hours; 3 CFU): Elements of historical grammar and reading of texts. Tutorials on the origins manuscripts
Part C (20 hours; 3 CFU): The words: diachrony and synchrony of a system
Part D (20 hours; 3 CFU): Written language and spoken language: history and use.

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 will focus on the italian lexicon, observing the moments of formation and evolution of a system (teaching unit C); teaching unit D will deal with the relationship between written and spoken language, using examples from Italian linguistic history and from the present.
Prerequisites for admission
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 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
Part A:
- I. Bonomi, A. Masini, S. Morgana, M. Piotti, Elementi di linguistica italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2011.
- M. Prada, L'italiano in rete. Usi e generi della comunicazione mediata tecnicamente, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015.

Part B:
- P. D'Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell'italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2001.

Part C:
- Marcello Aprile, Dalle parole ai dizionari, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015.

Part D:
- L. Serianni, Lingua scritta, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano (Treccani): http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/lingua-scritta_(Enciclopedia-dell%2….
- F. Rossi, Variazione diamesica, in Enciclopedia dell'italiano (Treccani): http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/variazione-diamesica_(Enciclopedia-…
- G. Polimeni, Il filo della voce. Indagini sul pensiero linguistico di Manzoni e sui Promessi sposi, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2020.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained through 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.
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.
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