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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE I
LINGUA RUSSA I

Introduction to Russian Language
Introduzione allo studio della Lingua russa contemporanea

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Antonella Cavazza by arrangement, via e-mail
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language
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

Modern Languages and Civilisations (L-11)
Curriculum: LETTERARIO
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Learning Objectives

The course will address the study of the phonological and phonetic peculiarities of modern Russian. The phonetics segment will also include the  fundamentals of the history of the Russian language and some essential information on the geo-sociolinguistics of Russia today.

Program

1.   The Cyrillic alphabet: sounds and script

1.1  The origin of the Cyrillic alphabet

1.2 The origins of Russian literary language

1.3 The reforms of the Cyrillic alphabet in Russia

1.4 The transliteration systems. Scientific and commercial transliteration.

2. Phonetics and phonology in contemporary Russian

 2.1 The Russian vowels and consonants

 2.2 The classification of vowels

 2.3 Vowel reduction

 2.4 The classification of consonants

 2.5 Palatalized and non-palatalized consonants

 2.6 Voiced and unvoiced consonants

 2.7 Soft consonants

 2.8 Hard consonants

 2.9 Occlusive consonants

 2.10 Fricatives

 2.11 Affricate consonants

 2.12  Vowel and consonant phonemes

 2.13 Key vowel and consonant alternations

3. The geo-socio-linguistic framework of present-day Russia

3.1 The languages??, religions and cultures within the Russian Federation

3.2 Russian as a means of interethnic communication

3.3 Where Russian is spoken in the world

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and conprehension skills: students acquire both knowledge of the origins of the cyrillic alphabet and its reform in diachronic terms, and the synchronic character of contemporary Russian phonetics and phonology. They will gain an overall awareness of the sociolinguistic situation in the Russian Federation and the most important varieties of Russian existing within its boundaries.

Applied knowledge and comprehension skills: students will be able to apply the basic principles of Russian phonetics and phonology (vowel reduction, palatalisation, voiced and devoiced consonanats) when reading simple texts and in conversation at beginner level (A1).

Autonomy of judgement: Knowledge of the origins of the cyrillic alaphabet and literary Russian will be useful for the study of word formation, in particular for identifying slavisms in contemporary Russian. Students will be able to distinguish palatalised and non-palatalised sounds, and to recognise akan’e, okan’e and ikan’e. They will be able to assess political measures and interventions effecting Russian in ex-USSR countries.

Communicative skills: Students will be able to communicate in Russian at an elementaty level.

Learning skills: students will acquire the basic tools and notions necessary for the study of Russian at elementary level.

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

Course books

Cavazza, A. Elementi di lingua e di cultura russa, in Insegnare italiano a stranieri: percorsi operativi, a cura di G. Carloni, Francoangeli, Milano, 2015, pp. 152-166.

Garzaniti, M., Gli Slavi, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma, 2019, pp. 133-189, 2a ed.

Fici Giusti, F., Gebert, L., Signorini S., La lingua russa, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma, 1991, p. 18 nota n. 1.

Kasatkin L., Kryyysin L., Živov V., Il russo, Scandicci (Firenze) 1995, pp. 3-13; 24-27; 87-100; 155-162; 172-178; 247-257.

Lasorsa, C., Il russo, Mosca 1983, pp. 7-29; 32-41.

Mazzitelli, G., Ancora sul problema della traslitterazione dei caratteri cirillici, in “Bollettino AIB”, ISSN 1121-1490, vol.48, n.4 (dic. 2008), pp. 343-357.

Saronne, E.T., Alberti, A., Chi sono gli Slavi?, Bologna 2002, pp. 114-117.

Tachiaos, A.-E. N., Cirillo e Metodio. Le radici cristiane della cultura slava, ediz. it. a cura di M. Garzaniti, tr. it. di F. Romoli, Milano 2005, 23-37; 71-105.

Uspenskij, B.A., Storia della lingua letteraria russa, tr. di N. Marcialis, Bologna 1993, pp. 11-87.

Assessment

Oral and written exams and language test.

The final exam will assess metalinguistic knowledge and language skills at the required level. In particular, assessment will test the following skills: writing (33% of all marks), oral (33%), and metalinguistic knowledge (33%).

The metalinguistic exam (“monographic course”) is a written test to be completed in 45 minutes. It consists of 30 multiple choice  questions in Italian, principally to assess both acquired knowledge and applied comprehension skills. The use of dictionaries is not permitted during this test. Criteria for the assessment of the test are:

- pertinence and correctness of answers in relation to contents of programme

- ability to reflect critically on concepts and processes

- knowledge of the metalanguage

Any mark for the “monographic” course below 18/30 is not a pass.

 

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

Cavazza, A. Elementi di lingua e di cultura russa, in Insegnare italiano a stranieri: percorsi operativi, a cura di G. Carloni, Francoangeli, Milano, 2015, pp. 152-166.

Garzaniti, M., Gli Slavi, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma, 2019, pp. 133-189, 2a ed.

Fici Giusti, F., Gebert, L., Signorini S., La lingua russa, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma, 1991, p. 18 nota n. 1.

Kasatkin L., Kryyysin L., Živov V., Il russo, Scandicci (Firenze) 1995, pp. 3-13; 24-27; 87-100; 155-162; 172-178; 247-257.

Lasorsa, C., Il russo, Mosca 1983, pp. 7-29; 32-41.

Mazzitelli, G., Ancora sul problema della traslitterazione dei caratteri cirillici, in “Bollettino AIB”, ISSN 1121-1490, vol.48, n.4 (dic. 2008), pp. 343-357.

Saronne, E.T., Alberti, A., Chi sono gli Slavi?, Bologna 2002, pp. 114-117.

Tachiaos, A.-E. N., Cirillo e Metodio. Le radici cristiane della cultura slava, ediz. it. a cura di M. Garzaniti, tr. it. di F. Romoli, Milano 2005, 23-37; 71-105.

Uspenskij, B.A., Storia della lingua letteraria russa, tr. di N. Marcialis, Bologna 1993, pp. 11-87.

Assessment

Oral and written exams and language test.

The final exam will assess metalinguistic knowledge and language skills at the required level. In particular, assessment will test the following skills: writing (33% of all marks), oral (33%), and metalinguistic knowledge (33%).

The metalinguistic exam (“monographic course”) is a written test to be completed in 45 minutes. It consists of 30 multiple choice  questions in Italian, principally to assess both acquired knowledge and applied comprehension skills. The use of dictionaries is not permitted during this test. Criteria for the assessment of the test are:

- pertinence and correctness of answers in relation to contents of programme

- ability to reflect critically on concepts and processes

- knowledge of the metalanguage

Any mark for the “monographic” course below 18/30 is not a pass.

 

Notes

Non-attending students will need to contact the teacher before the end of the course.

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