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GENERAL LINGUISTICS

CODE 72647
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8769 INFORMAZIONE ED EDITORIA (LM-19) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course builds on the principles of phonological change and will focus on concrete examples concerning the transition from Latin to Romance, contact between Romance languages and Germanic languages, Italo-romance dialects (particularly the northern and the Tuscan varieties) and Romance languages of the Balkan area. At this stage, ample space will be given at dialogue between students and lecturer. At the end, a theoretical synthesis will be made to organically frame the analyzed phenomena.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    In this semester, from the pragmatic level, often expressed through so-called suprasegmental features such as length, intonation, and intensity, we will move to the segmental level and then return in closing to the suprasegmental level. The general aim of the course is to properly recognize the phonological diachronic processes by analyzing the segmental and suprasegmental developments of Latin and the Romance (and Germanic) languages, with particular regard to contact situations.

    At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to organize a taxonomy of the processes analyzed and place them in coherent interpretive frameworks based on empirical evidence and aware of both the historical dimension and the typological plausibility of language systems. This update of the historic-comparative method aims to better define linguistic structures and also takes into account levels often neglected by diachronic phonology such as rhythm and prosody.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of notions related to general linguistics is required.

    All students are required to sign up to Aulaweb.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures. Lessons will be held in person.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course is divided into seven parts corresponding roughly to the weekly schedule of classes.

    I. Principles of Phonological change

    II. The consonantal system of the Romance languages: Latin ancestors, substrate and superstrate hypotheses

    III. The romance diphthongization: data and interpretation

    IV. Systems in contact: the Italo-romance dialects

    V. Systems in contact: Romance languages in the Balkan

    VI. Systems in contact: Germanic and Romance languages from the Alps to the Rhine and the Danube

    VII. Rhythm as trigger for phonological change (with examples from the northern Italo-Romance dialects)

    Supplementary lectures will be suggested for parts II-VI, part of which (representing at least two of the topics covered) should be chosen by students in preparation for the exam.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LORENZO FILIPPONIO (President)

    ROSA RONZITTI (President Substitute)

    GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI (Substitute)

    RITA CAPRINI (Substitute)

    SIMONE TURCO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    1st March 2023

    Class schedule

    GENERAL LINGUISTICS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The oral presentation will make it possible to assess the ability to analyse texts according to the principles expounded in the course.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    08/05/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale appello riservato ai laureandi
    01/06/2023 15:00 GENOVA Orale prosecuzione dell’appello: lunedì 5 giugno fino alle 15
    30/06/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale
    21/07/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale