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CODE 55961
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
LANGUAGE Russian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

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

Russian Linguistics LM is merged with the theoretical module of 55925 Russian Language I (LM) and with 72627 Slavic Philology LM of Modern languages and literatures for cultural services MA program (LM-37/38). Lectures are the same for all the three units/courses.

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 aims at offering an in-depth description of some morphosyntactic structures of contemporary standard Russian, highlighting their distinctive features. Starting from this descriptive level, we will proceed to an analisys of the structural properties of Russian and to a discussion of the theoretical problems connected to some of its syntactic peculiarities, within the the framework of generative grammar, for which the course provides an elementary introduction.

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • identify and describe the syntactic categories of Russian, within the proposed framework;
  • describe and analyze the syntactic structure of a sentence in Russan and its structural properties;
  • describe the aspectual features of the Russian verb in connection with actionality;
  • employ the theoretical concepts learned 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 (36 hours), with the support of Aulaweb.

Along with the presentation of the theory by the teacher, students are requested to participate in the discussion by thinking and "experimenting" on linguistic examples that are relevant for the topic.

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.
The aspectual system of Russian: actional classes, telicity and verb semantics.

The program for both attending and non-attending students is the same.

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 Mitrenina et al. (2018), 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. Italian translation (2021). Sintassi Semplice : come leggere (e disegnare) i diagrammi ad albero. [Both books are available in open access Open Access logo PLoS transparent at  www.robertadalessandro.it].   
  • 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, 2nd ed., Bologna: Il Mulino.
  • Jackendoff, R., 1998. Linguaggio e natura umana, Bologna: Il mulino.
  • Mitrenina, O. V., Romanova, E. E., & Sljusar', N. A. 2018. Vvedenie v generativnuju grammatiku. Moskva: URSS.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ANTONIO CIVARDI (President)

LAURA SALMON

SARA DICKINSON (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

1st semester, Monday, October 22, 1 p.m., Aula H [Polo didattico delle Fontane]

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.

The exam may be taken in Italian, Russian or English.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The instructor will assess the student's ability to carry out her/his own analysis on the basis of the topics presented in the course. Comparisons with other other languages, including the student's own intuitions about her/his native language(s) will be be positively evaluated. See also "Exam descripton".

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
31/01/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale aula C, Polo Didattico delle Fontane
01/02/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale Aula G [Polo didattico delle Fontane] https://rubrica.unige.it/spazi/US_161260801.III.014 https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/index.php?view=bookings&form-type=bookings&include=bookings&mode=exams&raggruppamento=&ricerca=FILOLOGIA+SLAVA+I&datefrom=01-02-2024&dateto=01-02-2024
13/02/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale Aula 11 [Albergo dei poveri] - ORE 10:00 https://rubrica.unige.it/spazi/US_161250101.T.034 https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/index.php?view=bookings&form-type=bookings&include=bookings&mode=exams&raggruppamento=&ricerca=FILOLOGIA+SLAVA+I&datefrom=13-02-2024&dateto=13-02-2024
15/02/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale Aula E [Polo didattico delle Fontane] https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/index.php?view=bookings&form-type=bookings&include=bookings&mode=exams&raggruppamento=&ricerca=55961+LINGUISTICA+RUSSA&datefrom=15-02-2024&dateto=16-03-2024
08/05/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale Aula Koch, Palazzo Serra (Piazza S. Sabina 2, 5° piano)
17/06/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale
03/07/2024 14:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students certified with SLD, disabilities or other special education needs are advised to contact the instructor at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on teaching and exam methods that, in compliance with the course learning outcomes, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.