Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS
The course aims to offer a knowledge of the structures and the development of Italian language, as a basis for its aware use in the field of communication. In particular the course aims to the understanding of the peculiarities of Italian, in its history and its present use, with special attention to the dialectic between national language and dialects, written and spoken language, standard and usage varieties, history of language and history of culture and society, within the framework of the other European languages and in its relation to mass media. By the end of the course, students should have acquired a critical knowledge of the communicational articulations and structural limits of Italian.
Prerequisites and basic notions
Basic notions about Italian language and culture.
THEMATIC AREAS OF THE COURSE
• Distinctive features of Italian: geographical distribution, dialects and national language, historical grammar (15 hours).
• History of Italian: diachronic profile for centuries, from late antiquity to the present day (20 hours).
• Standard and varieties of contemporary Italian (10 hours).
• The political language (5 hours).
• Italian in contemporary media (15 hours).
• Some points of the grammar system (7 hours).
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The teaching methods consist of lectures that describe the structural elements of Italian and trace its historical path. Specific insights are dedicated to conceptual issues, critical moments, intellectual debate on language. Particular attention is paid to arousing in students the awareness of their own skills as native speakers, favoring their active interventions and proposing surveys on single problems.
With regard to non-attending students, the teaching methods consist of a teacher's support for an updated study. Any further updates will be made available to the student in good time through the e-learning platform.
At the end of the course, the teacher will publish the analytical list of all the topics that will be examined on the e-learning platform.
Learning assessment procedures
For all students the assessment of learning results requires a written test. The test covers all the topics of the program and is divided into two parts:
• a part with 28 multiple choice questions, divided into groups relating to the different thematic areas of the course.
• a part with 2 open-ended questions, which allow the student to deal with a problematic topic in an argumentative form.
Objectives of the assessment test:
• to verify the analytical knowledge of the program topics.
• to verify the ability to reflect and elaborate in relation to some problematic points.
Criteria for the composition of the final grade
For the part with multiple choice questions, 5 points are awarded for each correct answer, 0 points for each answer not given, minus 1 points for each incorrect answer. The sum of the scores thus obtained is then reduced to thirty.
For the part with open-ended questions, up to a maximum of 3 points are awarded for each answer.
The sum of the scores of the two evaluations will form the final mark, expressed out of thirty.