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HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

CODE 64912
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The curse is dedicated to classical students and focuses on linguistic reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European and prohistory of Classical Languages.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    General linguistics is the study of language and languages. A specific objective of a linguistic theory is to define the language as a system: each semiotic system, verbal and non verbal. Beyond a more immanent perspective aimed at the study of specific systems, especially verbal ones, ‘our’ and ‘other’ historical languages, ancient and modern languages, general Linguistics courses affect various sectors of interdisciplinary research. Introduction to historical-comparative linguistics: Classification of languages: linguistic relations and affinities (with specific reference to Indo-European languages). Comparison and reconstruction: objectives, methods and limits / Profile of comparative Indo-European grammar: Glottological reading and comment of language texts. Methods of teaching.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course enables students:

    to master the comparative-reconstructive method and to evaluate the history of classical languages as an evolution along thousand-year genetic axes of a proto-language called Indo-European, recognisable in its historical forms in a dozen linguistic branches and in a comparison among Latin, Greek, Sanskrit (Vedic) and Gothic.

    PREREQUISITES

    A good knowledge of Italian, Greek and Latin.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, distribution of materials at lectures in class and via Aulaweb, phonetical exercises, dictation in Ancient Greek.

    Class will be held face-to-face.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

    Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

    Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

    Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

    Reconstruction of Indo-European. The phonological system of Indo-European reconstructed. Elements of Indo-European morphology and syntax. Reading of texts with glottological comment.

    Programme for students taking the course for 12 cfu

    Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

    Reconstruction of Indo-European. The phonological system of Indo-European reconstructed. Elements of Indo-European morphology and syntax. Reading of texts with glottological comment from more languages.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    See the Italian part.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ROSA RONZITTI (President)

    GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI

    RITA CAPRINI (Substitute)

    IRENE DE FELICE (Substitute)

    MATTEO MACCIÒ (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    19th October 2022

    13th february 2023.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written exame for modernists, oral exam for students of Classics.

    Phonetical transcription.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The assessment method consists of :

    a written text for modernists;

    2) an oral test that examines the entire programme undertaken at lectures for students of Classical languages.

    For everyone: phonetical transcription.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    15/12/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    19/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/02/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    11/05/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    25/05/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/06/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    22/06/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    20/07/2023 14:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students who do not attend are urged to contact teaching staff at least a month before taking the exam.