Introduction to Russian Linguistics
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES
II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.
The course aims to develop the skills to describe syntactic phenomena of particular relevance in the Russian language, useful for both learners and teachers of Russian as a second language.
We will analyse the means by which Russian encodes the main grammatical functions (subject, object, etc.) and discourse functions (topic, focus, etc.), as well as how speakers use such means to provide the propositional content with their own perspective. Special attention will be given to cross-linguistic comparisons with Italian.
(b) Applications to the theory
We will investigate the sequence in which learners of Russian as a second language acquire the structures analysed in the first part of the course, as well as discuss how to teach them most effectively.
• Slides and handouts of the lecturer – uploaded on the Moodle webpage
• King, T. H. 1995. Configuring Topic and Focus in Russian. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. Chh. 4 (pp. 63-94) and 8 (pp. 175-184)
• Bettoni, C. & Di Biase, B. Processability Theory. Theoretical bases and universal schedules. In C. Bettoni & B. Di Biase (eds), Grammatical Development in Second Languages: Exploring the Boundaries of Processability Theory, pp. 19-79. EUROSLA Monograph series, 2015
• Artoni, D. & Magnani, M. Acquiring case marking in Russian as a second language. In C. Bettoni & B. Di Biase (eds), Grammatical Development in Second Languages: Exploring the Boundaries of Processability Theory, pp. 177-193. EUROSLA Monograph series, 2015
• Magnani, M. & Artoni, D. Teaching learnable grammar in Russian as a second language: a syllabus proposal for case. In E. F. Quero Gervilla, B. Barros García, T. R. Kopylova (eds), Trends in Slavic Studies, pp. 57-70. Editorial URSS, 2015
All texts are uploaded on the Moodle webpage.
The syllabus and its bibliography are the same for both attending and non-attending students.