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GENERAL LINGUISTICS
LINGUISTICA GENERALE

Introduction to linguistics and language acquisition
Introduzione alla linguistica e acquisizione del linguaggio

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Gloria Cocchi Wednesday, h. 16.30-18.00, Pal. Petrangolini (until April 22nd included)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LINGUISTICO CULTURALE OCCIDENTALE
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Learning Objectives

The main aim of this course is an introduction to General linguistics in its various aspects; therefore we will provide students with the basic concepts of phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax in a comparative perspective, i.e. by comparing the Italian and English data with those of the most well-known foreign languages. We will also discuss phenomena related to the acquisition of mother tongue (L1) and foreign languages (L2).

Program

1 Introduction

1.1. What is linguistics

1.2. Properties of natural languages

1.3. L1 acquisition

1.4. Principles and parameters

1.5. L2 acquisition

2 Phonetics and phonology

2.1. Classification of sounds

2.2. Sounds and phonemes, allophones, minimal pairs

2.3. Some phonological rules

2.4. The syllable

3 Morphology

3.1. Root and inflection

3.2. Derivation

3.3. Composition

4 Italian and English Syntax

4.1. Phrases; tests of constituency

4.2. The structure of phrases; X-bar theory

4.3. Passive, subordinate and interrogative clauses

5. Bilingualism and code-switching

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the course the student should have achieved a good skill in the analysis of the Italian language in its various aspects (phonology, morphology, syntax) at a theoretical level.

S/he should also  be able to compare the formal aspects of Italian with those of the foreign languages studied, in order to  to focus on similarities and differences.

The student should also be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to the study of foreign languages, so that s/he can be facilitated in her/his learning path.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal classes

Course books

Graffi, G. e Scalise, S. "Le lingue e il linguaggio", Il Mulino, Bologna (2002) [chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11]

Cocchi, G. Basic English Syntax, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2019

(alternatively: Donati C., La Sintassi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2008)

Extra-material on:

The syllable

Bilingualism and code-switching

Assessment

Written test with open-ended questions

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Attendance

Students should contact the lecturer before the exam

Course books

Graffi, G. e Scalise, S. "Le lingue e il linguaggio", Il Mulino, Bologna (2002) [chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11]

Cocchi, G. Basic English Syntax, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2019

(alternatively: Donati C., La Sintassi, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2008)

Extra-material on:

The syllable

Bilingualism and code-switching

Assessment

Written test with open-ended questions

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