Contact Linguistics

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the study of the phenomena of innovation that develop in multilingual contexts, where the social use of multiple languages gives rise to meaningful phenomena of interference. In particular, the tools for the analysis of contact phenomena that affect the various levels of organization of human language (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon) and on the historical and social use of languages will be provided. Insights will also be offered on the specific functions of the use of multiple languages in different communication and media products.
Expected learning outcomes
The topics addressed are intended to provide students with an adequate knowledge of the linguistic and socio-historical dynamics and contexts of multilingual communities, in which multiple languages are routinely used. This knowledge results in the specific skills of critical analysis of lexical and structural innovations that arise as a result of contact between languages, and for the enhancement of multilingualism in order to develop conscious communication products.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures are delivered in attendance, in accordance with the standards set by the University, and simultaneously streamed on MS Teams.
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide to the students the tools and the methods of analysis of the linguistic phenomena connected with language contact and plurlingualism. In particular, Part A will offer a rich overview on the innovations arisen by language contact in the domain of lexicon. Part B will deal with inguistic contact as a trigger of structural innovations (phonology, morphology, syntax): some empirical cases of structural innovations that can be traced back to contact with more prestigious languages will be presented and examined in depth. Finally, Part C will explore the dimension of multilingualism and language contact in digital communication.
Prerequisites for admission
In order to approach correctly the study of Contact Linguistics the students must have solid bases in Linguistics. The students that have not sustained an exam of General Linguistics (Linguistica generale) or Linguistics (Glottologia) will replace the Unit B with the study of the volume G. GRAFFI- S. SCALISE, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013 or later editions.
Moreover the students belonging to Lingue e Letterature straniere (classe l-10) and Lingue e Letterature Europee ed Extraeuropee (classe lm-37), according to the regulation of their degree courses, can sustain the exam of Contact Linguistics only after the exam of General Linguistics (Linguistica generale per Lingue).
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
1) For attending students:

Part A

- Contents of the lessons.
- A volume chosen in the following list:
F. GUERINI- S. DAL NEGRO, Contatto. Dinamiche ed esiti del plurilinguismo, Roma, Aracne, 2007.
R. GUSMANI, Saggi sull'interferenza linguistica, 2a edizione accresciuta, Firenze, Le lettere, 1986.
M. SALA, Lenguas en contacto, 2a ed., Madrid, Grados, 1998.
S. THOMASON, Language contact: an introduction, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press 2001.
U. WEINREICH, Lingue in contatto, nuova edizione a cura di V. Orioles, Torino, UTET, 2008.

Part B

- Contents of the lessons.
- Materials provided by the teacher during the lessons.
- F. GARDANI, Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact, Frankfurt am Main. Lang, 2008.

Part C

- Contents of the lessons.
- Materials provided by the teacher.


2) For non-attending students:

Part A

- F. GUERINI- S. DAL NEGRO, Contatto. Dinamiche ed esiti del plurilinguismo, Roma, Aracne, 2007.
- R. GUSMANI, Saggi sull'interferenza linguistica, 2a edizione accresciuta, Firenze, Le lettere, 1986.

Part B

- Y. MATRAS, Language Contact, Cambridge, CUP, 2009 (only chapters 8 and 9).
- F. GARDANI, Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact, Frankfurt am Main. Lang, 2008.

Part C

- C. LEE, Multilingualism Online, London-New York, Routledge, 2017.


Non-attending students are requested to meet prof. Andrea Scala during his office hours. before starting to study the exam program.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final assessment will derive from an oral exam concerning the contents of the program. The oral exam aims to verify the knowledge acquired by the students in the basic topics of Contact Linguistics and their capability to apply methods of linguistic analysis to linguistic innovations arisen by contact.

The grade is expressed in thirtieths.

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 specific 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: Dede' Francesco
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Scala Andrea