Italian linguistics and literature - LINGUISTICA (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo Nitti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. IIA dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 7, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course will explore contemporary Italian language.
We'll begin from fundamental concepts of Descriptive Linguistics, analyzing different sociolinguistic varieties: diamesic, diastratic, diaphasic, diatopic dimensions and special languages (with a brief description of linguistic minorities and dialects).
Another point of reference will be the Italian grammar and the concept of rule violation.
In order to make the lectures more interesting for the teaching profession, we'll discuss the main approaches about teaching Italian language.
The course consists of lectures and practicing.
We'll focus on skills.


The main fields are:
- Principles on Descriptive Linguistics;
- The scientific study of the language (manuals, dictionaries, repertoires, databases);
- Different forms of analysis: phonology, morphology, syntax, text, pragmatics, vocabulary;
- Sociolinguistic varieties;
- The Italian language between innovation and preservation;
- The violation of rules;
- Italian language and Language Teaching.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Giovanni Gobber e Moreno Morani Linguistica generale (Edizione 2) McGraw Hill 2014 9788838668548
Maurizio Dardano Nuovo manualetto di linguistica italiana (Edizione 2) Zanichelli 2017 9788808220981
Luca Serianni Prima lezione di grammatica Editori Laterza 2006 9788842079194 Testo richiesto agli studenti e alle studentesse non frequentanti.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final assessment will be written and based on the lectures and the bibliography.
There will be exercises of transcription and analysis and open questions.
The evaluation is made up to 30. and the exam is a part of a wider course: Italian Linguistics and Literatures