Theoretical linguistics

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing a deeper learning on topics that are foundational and crucial in the sciences of language, according to a specifically theoretical and general perspective.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: at the end of the course, the student will acquire specialized knowledge in Theoretical Linguistics. These notions are based on the study of the structures, the phenomena, and the tendencies shown by the languages of the world, and are framed in a general and theoretical perspective.

Skills: at the end of the course students will be able to describe, with awareness and in a correct, precise and metalinguistically adequate way, the notions, the categories, the phenomena, and also the instruments of analysis that characterize the science of language, according to the epistemic, methodological and theoretical coordinates within those facts are located.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021-2022 will be provided over the coming months, on the base of the evolution of the public health situation.
The student will find on the Ariel website of the course all the information concerning the course, the timetable of the meetings, and the teaching material.
Course syllabus
The course deals with some aspects of a theory of language, with particular reference to the domain of the linguistic change. The course aims to propose a theoretical and critical reflection about grammaticalization and pragmaticalization, two of the main processes of the linguistic change, and illustrates the diversity of their epistemological status, the reasons and the conditions that produce them, and the distinct domains (grammar and pragmatic) in which they appear and they work in the languages of the world.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is addressed to those students who have already taken a course either in Linguistics or in Theoretical Linguistics ('three year degree').
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format. Learning materials are available online on the Ariel platform, in order to provide the students with the tools for a deeper reflection and critical awareness.
Teaching Resources
. M. Prandi - P. Cuzzolin - N. Grandi - M. Napoli, "Orizzonti della linguistica. Grammatica, tipologia, mutamento", Roma, Carocci, 2021.
. B. Heine, "Grammaticalization", in B. Joseph - R.D. Janda (eds.), "Handbook of historical Linguistics", Oxford, Blackwell, 2003, pp. 575-601.
.B. Heine, "On discourse markers: Grammaticalization, Pragmaticalization, or Something Else?", in "Linguistics" 51, 6 (2013), pp. 1205-1247.
P. Molinelli, "Periferia testuale e periferia discorsiva nella grammaticalizzazione di verbi tra latino e lingue romanze: 'eccetto' vs 'prego'", in P. Greco - C. Vecchia - R. Sornicola (a cura di), "Strutture e dinamismi della variazione e del cambiamento linguistico. Atti del Convegno DIA III Napoli, 24-27 novembre 2014", "Memorie dell'Accademia di Archeologia, Lettere e Belle Arti in Napoli" 20 (2018), pp. 477-489.
. Ch. Fedriani - C. Ghezzi - P. Molinelli, "Grammaticalizzazione e pragmaticalizzazione di verbi tra periferia e prototipicità", in M. Chini - P. Cuzzolin (a cura di), "Tipologia, Acquisizione, Grammaticalizzazione", Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2018, pp. 143-153.
.P. Cuzzolin - P. Molinelli, "Contatto linguistico e tipologie di mutamento: sintassi e pragmatica a confronto", in L. Lorenzetti - M. Mancini (a cura di), "Le lingue del Mediterraneo antico. Culture, mutamenti, contatti", Roma, Carocci, 2013, pp. 95-121.

Gli studenti non frequentanti dovranno aggiungere al programma indicato per i frequentanti la lettura di:
. Ch. Fedriani - Ch. Ghezzi, "Marcatori funzionali deverbali in greco, latino e italiano: sviluppi paralleli e natura della convergenza", in L. Lorenzetti - M. Mancini (a cura di), "Le lingue del Mediterraneo antico. Culture, mutamenti, contatti", Roma, Carocci, 2013, pp. 151-180.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam involves an oral, individual interview in order to ascertain learning results and the abilities to describe the specific topics of the course, to report them with conscious and critical awareness, and to show a deep and critical possession of methodological resources, theoretical coordinates and metalinguistic competences.
Unita' didattica A
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Thursday, 8.30-11.30.
Microsoft Teams Platform. Please, contact the teacher via email.