Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
The main aim is to introduce the themes of textual syntax from the point of view of theoretical linguistics and pragmatics (cohesion and coherence of the text, anaphora, deixis, information structure). We start from more general considerations on the concept of language and on the centrality that the reflection on language has being having - and continues to have - in the contemporary cultural debate. Through online tests appropriately distributed and corrected during class some linguistic themes useful for the training of the teacher's cultural and professional figure will be reinforced. EXPECTED FORMATIVE RESULTS The course aims to provide students with a critical thinking about the fundamental concepts and methods of linguistics for the cultural and professional enrichment of the humanistic intellectual. At the end of the course the student must be able to: • describe the basics of language study; • recognize the fundamentals of the syntax of the text and of the information structure • know how to apply the acquired knowledge in the future study career.
- Introduction. 'Word', 'clause/sentence', and 'Text' (ingenuous syntax and formal syntax)
- Semantics and syntax of the text: (textual) referents, deixis, anaphora
- Information structure and textual semiotics
(ca. 18 h)
An historical overview on human and non-human language. Topics will cover how 'language' has been defined, considering it on the one side as demarcation deparing human from non-human, on hte other side as a model of defintion for comparable non-human phenomena (ca. 12 h).
- Riferences: S. Gensini - M. Fusco (ed.), Animal loquens. Linguaggio e conoscenza negli animali non umani da Aristotele a Chomsky (Antologie 20), Roma 2010.
(3) Workgroup /to be defined/ (ca. 6 h)
(4) Reading. A reading chosen among some classics of comparative or general linguistics.
N.B. - Students of Historical Studies are invited to join the lessons. It is anyway possible to agree upon a different, more specific program.
N.B. - Non attneding students: please contact the teacher.
• C. Andorno, Linguistica testuale: un’introduzione, Roma: Carocci 2003 (e succ. rist.) [Capp. 1-4.¨]
• A. Rizza e Aa.Vv., Appunti e materiali di glottologia generale, raccolti o indicati a lezione, o disponibili sul moodle dell’insegnamento
• S. Gensini - M. Fusco (ed.), Animal loquens. Linguaggio e conoscenza negli animali non umani da Aristotele a Chomsky, Roma: Carocci 2010. [Parti da concordare o indicate a lezione]
Non attending: curricula for philology, literature, linguistics
• C. Andorno, Linguistica testuale: un’introduzione, Roma: Carocci 2003 (e succ. rist.). [Completo]
• A. Colombo - G. Graffi, Capire la grammatica: il contributo della linguistica, Roma: Carocci 2017. [Completo].
Non attendind: curricula for history
• G. Graffi, Breve storia della linguistica, Roma: Carocci 2019.
• E. de Felice, Onomastica, in R. Lazzeorni (ed.), Linguistica storica, Roma, Carocci 2017, pp. 147-179.
• D. Russo Krauss, Lingue e spazi: elementi per l’analisi geografica dell’espressione linguistica, Roma: Aracne 2011. [da concordare].
N.B.: Erasmus students should contact the teacher as soon as possible.
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§§ Examination arrangements.
There are three examination procedures: ongoing teamwork (‘in itinere’); speech presentation or writtern essay; interview. All students are required to prepare for the final interview, unless otherwise agreed. Written essays or speeches can be used to complete part of the study program requirements.
The exam verifies the knowledge acquired, the ability to apply it, the critical awareness, the property of expression, the independence in the study.
More specifically, the evaluation will take into account the following.
1- Your knowledge. Contents, notions and insights treated or proposed during class, and in the required bibliography. Assessed with interview. Parts of the program may be assessed through a written essay or a speech (upon agreement with the teacher).
2- Apply your knowledge in order to develope an ability to link together and rework the notions acquired. Assessed with team- or individual work ‘in itinere’, and during the final interview.
Furthermore the evaluation will consider the following criteria.
3- Critical thinking: reasoning systematically in order to motivate your answers and critically reflect upon them.
4- Communication skills: appropriateness, relevance and promptness of the answers.
5- Studying skills. Independence in finding and comparing any additional sources for the study.
§ How to prepare for the exam
Useful information for students of the MA in Historical Studies, or of other curricula or provenance, will be published during the forthcoming weeks. Students will have opportunities to agree upon parts of the study program.