History of Italian language

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to prepare students at an advanced level on the linguistic history of Italian, investigating the changing relationship between center and periphery, between Tuscan and non-Tuscan Italy, over time, and highlighting particularly representative moments and authors. The subject will be developed both from a theoretical and methodological point of view, as well as from a practical point of view, through the reading and commentary of author's texts.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: as for the expected learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, at the end of the course the student should know the historical and linguistic framework within which authors and texts examined are placed; should be able to use correctly tools and methods of historical linguistics; and should be able to reflect on the different theoretical standings of authors in terms of their origin and of their outcome.

Skills: with regard to skills acquisition, at the end of the course the student should be able to analyze any text in its linguistic and stylistic aspects, putting it in relation with the linguistic ideas of its author and with the cultural milieu within which it was produced and validated.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The course offers an advanced knowledge of the events of the linguistic history of Italian, investigating the relationship between center and periphery, between Tuscan and non-Tuscan Italy, highlighting moments and authors that are particularly representative. In addition, the course is designed to provide students with the ability to recognise texts' typology and to describe critically their linguistic features, using correctly the tools and methods of the discipline. Through the classes, students will also learn about the development of language discussions and will be able to relate them to the cultural and social history of Italy.
More specifically, the first part deals with Dante's vision of the variety of Italian vulgaria and analyzes some typologically exemplary texts. The second and the third ones deal with some foundational documents of 16th- and 17th- century grammaticography and on some studies on language, even in Lombardy.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no prerequisites for admission. Nonetheless, attendance will greatly benefit from knowledge about the history of Italian language, the historical grammar of Italian and the phonetic, morphologic and syntactic structure of Italian typically provided by a course in Italian Linguistics. Attendance will also benefit from an elementary knowledge (essentially: of the morphology) of Latin.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format and include the analysis of case studies and the reading and extensive commentary on texts; the teacher may propose that students work on short papers on agreed topics, which generally require linguistic analysis of texts.
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
Attending students
Learning Unit A
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
Students will also read:
- Giuseppe Polimeni, Come fronda in ramo. Forme e modelli della varietà nell'Italia dei volgari, Milano, Biblion, 2019.

Learning Unit B
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
Students will also read:
- Paolo Trovato, Storia della lingua italiana. Il primo Cinquecento, libreriauniversitaria.it, 2016 (12 texts chosen among those in the anthology).
- Claudio Marazzini, Il secondo Cinquecento e il Seicento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1993 (12 texts chosen among those in the anthology).

Learning Unit C
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
Students will also read:
- SIlvia Morgana, Storia linguistica di Milano, Roma, Carocci, 2012

Non attending students
Learning Unit A
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
- Giuseppe Polimeni, Come fronda in ramo. Forme e modelli della varietà nell'Italia dei volgari, Milano, Biblion, 2019.
- Rosa Casapullo, Il Medioevo, Bologna, il Mulino, 1999.
- Giovanni Nencioni, Il contributo dell'esilio alla lingua di Dante, in Saggi e memorie, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2000, pp. 3-21 (in rete, all'indirizzo web http://nencioni.sns.it/fileadmin/template/allegati/pubblicazioni/2000/s…).

Learning Unit B
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
- Paolo Trovato, Storia della lingua italiana. Il primo Cinquecento, libreriauniversitaria.it, 2016 (12 texts chosen among those in the anthology).
- Claudio Marazzini, Il secondo Cinquecento e il Seicento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1993 (12 texts chosen among those in the anthology).

Learning Unit C
Materials and documents made available through the ARIEL platform.
- SIlvia Morgana, Storia linguistica di Milano, Roma, Carocci, 2012
- Simone Fornara, La trasformazione della tradizione nelle prime grammatiche italiane (1440-1555), Padova, Antenore, 2013.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The achievement of the learning objectives is ascertained with an oral test. In addition to the correctness of the contents, their relevance, the possession of the disciplinary lexicon and the ability to grasp linguistically salient phenomena within relevant texts are positively evaluated.
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. 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: Polimeni Giuseppe
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Prada Massimo
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Prada Massimo
Professor(s)
Reception:
Thursday, 13.30 - 16.30
"Filologia moderna", first floor. At the moment the teacher sees students through Skype; the appointment is made by email.