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RUSSIAN LINGUISTICS

CODE 55961
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8743 TRADUZIONE E INTERPRETARIATO (LM-94) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The syntax of Russian: a formal analysis.
    36 hrs, 6 credits.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The class will offer a description of some morpho-syntactic features of Russian, with subsequent discussion of related theoretical issues. The discussion will be set in the framework of a formal approach to natural languages and thus the course will serve also as an introduction to the basics of generative grammar. However, the topics dealt with in the course will also have a learning-oriented side in offering a better understanding of some constructions of Russian.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course aim at offering an in-depth description of some morphosyntactic structures of contemporary standard Russian, highlighting their distinctive features. On the basis of this first descriptive level we will proceed to an analysis of the structural properties of Russian and to an examination of the theoretical problems connected to some of its syntactic peculiarities. The proposed approach is framed in a formal conceptualizatoin of the analysis of natural languages, therefore the course will also provide an elementary introduction to the principles of generative grammar. The topics covered in the course will also be of practical interest for the purpose of a more effective learning of Russian at an advanced level.

    PREREQUISITES

    A basic knowledge of the morphosyntactic structures of Russian. Familiarity with the basics of linguistic analysis (parts of speech, predicate, agreement, case, etc ..., being able to distinguish between the phonological, morphological, syntactic levels).

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course content will be delivered via classroom lectures, with the support of Aulaweb.
    In order to support students who are unable to attend class sessions, all classes will be live-streamed and recordings of classroom lectures will be available on MS Teams. To join the Team, follow this link.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Linguistics: what is language? Natural languages, the Faculty of Language and the architecture of grammar.
    Contemporary Standard Russian: its position within Slavic, diachronic overview, typology.
    Russian syntax. The verb and its arguments, thematic structure. The VP and the basic clausal structure. The noun phrase, its arguments and its extended structure, the DP. The clause, types of clauses. Non-nominative subjects. Information structure: Topic-Comment relations and syntactic structures. Case: case government and case alternations. The typological features of Russian and related theoretical issues.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The course will be taught on the basis of Bailyn (2012) and Fici Giusti, Gebert & Signorini (1991).
    Additional books that will be of use for reference are Donati (2008), D'Alessandro (2020), Graffi (1994), Graffi & Scalise (2008), Jackendoff (1998) (see references below).
    Readings: research articles on specific topics will be distributed in class or made available in Aulaweb course page.

    • Bailyn, J.F., 2012. The syntax of Russian, Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
    • D’Alessandro, Roberta. 2020. Syntax made easy : how to read (and draw) syntactic trees. Utrecht: Utrecht University, UiL-OTS. [available in open access at https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004774]
    • Donati, C., 2008. La sintassi : regole e strutture, Bologna: Il Mulino.
    • Fici Giusti, F., Gebert, L. & Signorini, S., 1991. La lingua russa, Roma: Nuova Italia Scientifica.
    • Graffi, G., 1994. Sintassi, Bologna: Il mulino.
    • Graffi, G. & Scalise, S., 2008. Le lingue e il linguaggio: introduzione alla linguistica, 2° ed., Bologna: Il Mulino.
    • Jackendoff, R., 1998. Linguaggio e natura umana, Bologna: Il mulino.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ANTONIO CIVARDI (President)

    LAURA SALMON

    SARA DICKINSON (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2022. Venue: Aula Koch (Palazzo Serra, piazza S. Sabina 2).

    Class schedule

    RUSSIAN LINGUISTICS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final exam entails a co-operative discussion of the topics dealt with during the classes: every student will be assigned a sentence in Russian and will be requested to propose a syntactic analysis for it. 20-30 minutes will be given for analysing the sentence, thereaftere everyone will present his/her own analysis and discuss it with the instructor and with his/her peers.

    The second part of the exam of a question on the topics related to the aspect and meaning of the verb in Russian (for example: what is a causative predicate?) and finally a grade will be assigned by the instructor on the basis of the discussion of the analysis and of the answer to the question.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    See "Exam descripton"

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/01/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolge in modalità a distanza sulla piattaforma MS Teams (Team: <i>FILOLOGIA SLAVA I - 72868 [a.a. 2020-2021]</i>, canale <i>2022-01-24 - I appello sessione invernale</i>). Per collegarsi al canale seguire questo collegamento: <a href="https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3af8dcb933ea3945be9fc6e5f1a185…;. In caso di eventuale sovrapposizione con altri appelli d'esame si prega di contattare il docente per concordare una data o un'orario alternativi.
    07/02/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolge in modalità a distanza sulla piattaforma MS Teams (Team: <i>FILOLOGIA SLAVA I - 72868 [a.a. 2020-2021]</i>, canale <i>2022-02-07 - II appello sessione invernale</i>). Per collegarsi al canale seguire questo collegamento: <a href="https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a4be3478e395748a2b3de11f3e146…;. In caso di eventuale sovrapposizione con altri appelli d'esame si prega di contattare il docente per concordare una data o un'orario alternativi.
    22/06/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale pomeriggio aula A (Polo Didattico) H. 14/19
    27/06/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale L'appello si svolge in Aula A (Polo didattico delle Fontane) h 14:00
    05/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale mattina aula 11 AdP H. 9/14
    18/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale 18 luglio mattina aula 11 AdP. Dato il numero di iscritti l'appello continuerà il giorno successivo. Al momento dell'appello, in base ai presenti, gli esaminandi verranno divisi tra tra le mattine e i pomeriggi delle due giornate, seguendo l'ordine di prenotazione. Chi prenderà un permesso di lavoro per sostenere l'esame è pregato di comunicarlo al docente al più presto all'inidirizzo antonio.civardi@unige.it, in modo da garantire la priorità.
    19/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Questa prova d'appello è la continuazione di quella del 18/7. PER FAVORE ISCRIVETEVI SOLO ALLA PROVA DEL 18/7
    14/09/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    29/09/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    16/11/2022 14:30 GENOVA Orale L'appello è riservato a fuori corso e laureandi.