|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||L-FIL-LET/15|
The course is addressed to the second-year students of the curriculum "Lingue, letterature e culture moderne" studying at least one Germanic language (English, German or Swedish). The course introduces the history and culture of the Germanic peoples, as well as the Germanic linguistics and philology, paying particular attention to the problems connected with textual criticism in the Germanic language areas.
Germanic Philology I A aims at providing the basic knowledge necessary to analyze - on a comparative level - the linguistic, historical and cultural phenomena connected with the Germanic peoples, as well as at stimulating the development of a correct methodological approach to the editions of Medieval Germanic texts.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- present the historical events connected to the Germanic peoples and their migration;
- describe the most significant features of Germanic culture;
- understand the problems connected with the edition of Old Germanic texts;
- discuss the editing strategies most adequate to the tradition of the texts presented in class;
- delineate the linguistic evolution from Indo-European to Germanic;
- reconstruct the regular linguistic evolution into Germanic of a given Indo-European root;
- use specific philological terminology accurately.
There are no specific prerequirements to this course.
The course will in presence. Materials and activities will be available on the Aulaweb platform.
1. Germanic Philology: meaning and methods;
2. The Germanic peoples: their origin and history;
3. Germanic culture;
4. Germanic linguistics, phonology and morphology in particular;
5. Textual criticism of Germanic texts.
No distinctiion is going to be made between students who have attended classes and those who have not.
The syllabus of the course "Materiali inerenti al Corso I A dell'a.a. 2023-2024" by C. Benati is available on the platform Aulaweb.
Moreover following texts are necessary to prepare the exam:
- S. Leonardi - E. Morlicchio: La filologia germanica e le lingue moderne, Bologna, Il Molino, 2009;
- TH. Bein: Introduzione alla critica dei testi tedeschi medievali, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 1999 (or the "Critica testuale" notes available on the platform Aulaweb);
- M.G. Saibene - M. Buzzoni: Manuale di linguistica germanica, Cisalpino, Milano, 2006, pp. 75-80; pp. 269-307; pp. 331-344; pp. 367-390;
- J. Dubois e altri: Dizionario di linguistica, Zanichelli, Bologna, ult. ed. only the parts indicated).
Office hours: By appointment in my office or on Microsoft Teams.
Lessons will start regularly in the first week of the semester.
Schedule: Thrusday 10-11 Aula 17
Friday 9-11 Aula 17
Oral exam, usually in Italian. Questions will be asked on all the themes dealt with during the course, with particular attention to the linguistic evolution from Indo-European to Germanic.
There will be two exam sessions in Winter (January-February), three in Summer (June-July) and two in Fall (September).
The oral exam will deal with the course topics, paying particular attention to the phonetical, morphological, syntactic and lexical evolution of the old Germanic languages. The evaluation will not only take into account the student's knowledge, but also his/her ability to use appropriate language and terminology.
The course program is valid until Summer 2026.