|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||L-LIN/01|
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.
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.
Basic knowledge of notions related to general linguistics is required.
All students are required to sign up to Aulaweb.
Lectures. Lessons will be held in person.
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.
LORENZO FILIPPONIO (President)
ROSA RONZITTI (President Substitute)
GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI (Substitute)
RITA CAPRINI (Substitute)
SIMONE TURCO (Substitute)
1st March 2023
The oral presentation will make it possible to assess the ability to analyse texts according to the principles expounded in the course.
|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|