General Linguistics (p) (2010/2011)

Course code
4S01263
Name of lecturer
Chiara Melloni
Coordinator
Chiara Melloni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Secondo semestre dal Feb 28, 2011 al Jun 4, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Syllabus

Attendance of the course “Introduzione allo studio del linguaggio”.



"Information structure at the syntax/prosody interface"
The course, which will be entirely held in English, will be focused on the study of Information Structure (IS), and in particular of how we process information 
dividing it into given/new, salient/back-grounded etc. and express
 these distinctions by linguistic means.
The study of IS, lying at the crossroads of major linguistic disciplines (syntax, prosody, semantics, discourse
 theory, pragmatics), allows us to address several core
 questions about language. In particular, IS studies can shed light on the architecture of grammar as they explore the complex relationships between its main components, i.e. syntax and prosody. As a result of the course, students will get acquainted with several foundational linguistic problems, conveniently illustrated with empirical (psycho-)linguistic data.

Teaching methods: Lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Written text (multiple choice / open questions), followed by oral examination.