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ITALIAN LINGUISTICS
LINGUISTICA ITALIANA

Foundations of Italian linguistics
Fondamenti di linguistica italiana

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Andrea Felici Please contact the teacher to arrange an appointment.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities. Literature, Arts and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: FILOLOGICO-LETTERARIO MODERNO
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide knowledge on Italian grammar and analysis of texts.

Program

The lessons will focused on Italian grammar, evolution of contemporary Italian (with particular regard to the use of language in the written medium).

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The course aims at providing students with appropriate skills on recent developments and trends at different linguistic analysis levels, through the description of contemporary Italian and its varieties.

More specifically, the scope of the course is to:

1. understand the Italian lexicon by: a) analysing the different formation processes of words, including prevailing trends; b) reflecting on the weight and importance of lexical borrowings, above all from a diachronic perspective and with respect to the differences between past and present; c) examining the principal types of semantic relationships between words, in the context of semantic lexicology;

2. understand the values and functions of certain tenses and moods in the different contexts in which they are used, comparing spoken use and grammatical norms;

3. understand, in the context of the reflection on simple and complex sentences: a) the concept of verbal valency, with the relevant classification of verbs; b) the importance and weight of the information structure, describing the different types of marked constructions in their syntactic and informative properties; c) the simplification phenomena that, at different levels, characterise the spoken language; d) trends that more typically mark some typologies of contemporary written Italian, such as nominalization and fragmented syntax;

4. understand the extent of the linguistic variation by: a) reflecting on the main factors of the variation itself, and interrelation; b) presenting the peculiarities of colloquial and/or popular Italian, and the reasons for the linguistic economy that determine the same; c) illustrating the concepts of standard and neostandard Italian, focusing on current status with particular reference to rising morphological and syntactic features; d) reflecting on the concept of linguistic norms, and its relationship with the evolution of language.

Sound basic training in Italian linguistics, and a good knowledge of the peculiarities of the different types of texts constitute the key didactic and qualifying elements for this university Course class, and the essential requirements for all those who aim at a future professional access to the school system.

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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures.

Course books

- P. D'Achille, L'italiano contemporaneo, Bologna, il Mulino, 2019;

- L. Serianni, Italiani scritti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012.

Assessment

Written exam, consisting of a questionnaire with multiple choice and open questions. Evaluation criteria: level of formal correctness; relevance and effectiveness of the answers in relation to the contents of the program; adequacy of the disciplinary language used. Compared to the test designed for attending students, the written exam for non-attending students will include an additional question on one of the topics covered in the exam texts.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Non-attending students must follow bibliographical references listed in the corresponding section below.

Attendance

Written exam, consisting of a questionnaire with multiple choice and open questions. Evaluation criteria: level of formal correctness; relevance and effectiveness of the answers in relation to the contents of the program; adequacy of the disciplinary language used.

Course books

Non-attending students must study the following texts:

- P. D'Achille, L'italiano contemporaneo, Bologna, il Mulino, 2019;

- L. Serianni, Italiani scritti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012

Assessment

Written exam, consisting of a questionnaire with multiple choice and open questions. Evaluation criteria: level of formal correctness; relevance and effectiveness of the answers in relation to the contents of the program; adequacy of the disciplinary language used.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

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