Historical linguistics

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with notions of historical linguistics more advanced than those acquired during the Comparative Philology course of the three-year degree.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have broadened his knowledge of the aspects of linguistic variation; he will also have a knowledge of the most up-to-date bibliographic tools and repertoires useful for the investigation of Indo-European languages; moreover, he will have become familiar with the main interpretative models typical of historical linguistics.

The student will be able to interpret the linguistic data in a diachronic perspective and to correctly conduct the etymological analysis in its various articulations; finally, he will be able to use the relevant bibliographic tools and etymological repertoires, to critically evaluate their contribution and assess their reliability.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of the training activities for the academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
In the first part of the course some general aspects of linguistic change will be taken into account. They will be exemplified through cases coming from ancient Indo-European languages (especially Greek, Latin, Old Indic, Germanic languages, Slavic languages, Armenian). Subsequently, some historical-comparative analysis of Classical Armenian texts will be proposed.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is intended for students who have already taken an exam in Comparative Philology.
Teaching methods
The teaching is is offered in a lecture format. Lectures are designed for the students to acquire the knowledge which is the subject of the discipline. Characteristic phenomena of linguistic variation will be investigated through the reading and linguistic analysis of texts of ancient Indo-European languages.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography for attending students:

S. LURAGHI, Introduzione alla linguistica storica, Roma, Carocci, 2014.
M. MANCINI (a cura di), Il cambiamento linguistico, Roma, Carocci, 2003 (Introduction, chapters 1, 2 and 4).

Non attending students will add the following texts:
W. BELARDI, Elementi di armeno aureo I, Roma, Il Calamo, 2003.
W. BELARDI, Elementi di armeno aureo II, Roma, Il Calamo, 2006.

Reference works:
H. H. HOCK, Principles of Historical Linguistics, Berlin-New York-Amsterdam, Mouton de Gruyter, 1986.
O. SZEMERÉNYI, Introduzione alla linguistica indeuropea, Milano, Unicopli, 1985.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral test: The oral test consists of an interview on the topics indicated in the programme, aimed at ascertaining students' knowledge of the topics dealt with in the individual teaching units and the contents of the reference texts indicated in the programme. In addition to in-depth knowledge of the contents proposed, the students must demonstrate that they are able to apply the knowledge acquired in order to analyse and interpret the linguistic facts submitted to them in an appropriate manner.
The clarity and punctuality of the answers and the precise and correct use of the specialist vocabulary of the discipline will also contribute to the final 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
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours