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GENERAL LINGUISTICS
LINGUISTICA GENERALE

Comparative syntax and language acquisition
Sintassi comparata e acquisizione del linguaggio

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Gloria Cocchi students need to book office hours via email
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

Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies (LM-37)
Curriculum: DIDATTICA E RICERCA
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Learning Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic concepts of syntactic analysis, crucially contrasting Italian and English syntax. In particular we will focus on the phenomena that characterize the acquisition of syntax in L1 and L2, and  , as well as on the issues related to bilingualism and code-switching.

Program

1. Basic concepts

1.1. Universal Grammar

1.2. Principles and Parameters theory

2. italian and English Syntax

2.1. Phrases and constituency tests

2.2. Phrase structure; X-Bar theory

2.3. Subordinate and interrogative clauses

2.4. Non-finite clauses

3. Language Acquisition

3.1. L1 acquisition

3.2. The acquisition of syntax

3.3. L2 acquisition

4. Bilingualism

4.1. Code-switching

4.2. Syntactic analysis

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

a) Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course the student should be able to master the formal tools of syntactic analysis and have a deep knowledge of the issues related to the acquisition of syntax in L1 and L2 as well as in bilingual contexts.

b) Applied knowledge and understanding: They should also be able to apply their theoretical knowledge to particular cases, such as assessing the level of syntax development in Italian mother tongue children and in foreigners who study Italian as L2, in order to be able to intervene with appropriate support activities.

c) Autonomy of judgment: Students will be able to reflect critically and independently on linguistic phenomena in Italian and in other languages, as well as analyse with formal syntax tools the mixed productions of bilingual speakers.

d) Communication skills: Students are required to master the linguistic means of expression and identify the effective communication strategies in L2 contexts, bilingualism, and code-switching.

e) Learning skills: Students will develop formal reasoning skills to correctly interpret linguistic productions in Italian, in the foreign languages ??studied and in code-switching contexts.

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 (online classes in case of sanitary emergency)

Course books

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

Cocchi, G. Advanced English Syntax, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2021

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

Cocchi. G. et al. L'italiano come L2 nella scuola dell'obbligo, Bulzoni, Roma, 1996 (available also on Moodle)

Extra-material on:

  L1 acquisition

  Bilingualism and code-switching

Assessment

Written or online test with 8 open-ended questions. Evaluation: up to 4 points for each answer.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Attendance

Students are advised to contact the lecturer before the exam

Course books

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

Cocchi, G. Advanced English Syntax, FrancoAngeli, Milano [in preparation]

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

Cocchi. G. et al. L'italiano come L2 nella scuola dell'obbligo, Bulzoni, Roma, 1996 (available also on Moodle)

Extra-material on:

  L1 acquisition

  Bilingualism and code-switching

Assessment

Written or online test with 8 open-ended questions. Evaluation: up to 4 points for each answer.

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