Introduction to Linguistics LT (i) (2014/2015)

Course code
4S02162
Name of lecturers
Paola Cotticelli, Chiara Melloni
Coordinator
Paola Cotticelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
12
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
semestrino IA, Semestrino IB

Lesson timetable

semestrino IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM practice session Lecture Hall 2.1  
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM practice session Lecture Hall 2.1  
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1  

Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to have the student acquainted with some basic notions concerning several aspects of human language.

Preparatory classes (12 hours) will be held in the last two weeks of September and practical classes (18 hours) during the lesson period

Syllabus

Introduction to general and historical linguistics. 1) General linguistics (prof.ssa Melloni): the essential features of human language; basic notions of phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. 2) Historical linguistics (prof. Cotticelli): notions of linguistic change, language relationship and language family, analogy, Indo-European languages and the language families of the world; models of language classification; models for the interpretation of linguistic change (Neogrammarian, geolinguistic, sociolinguistic), speech contact.

Handbooks & bibliography to prepare for the exams:

I. General linguistics

1. G. Graffi - S. Scalise, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, nuova edizione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (capitoli 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 e l’Appendice).

2. Esercizi relativi a tutti i capitoli del volume, ed in particolare esercizi di trascrizione fonetica (il cui svolgimento verrà richiesto in sede di esame), sono disponibili sul sito della casa editrice “Il Mulino” (www.mulino.it), registrandosi nell’area denominata “Aulaweb”.

II. Historical linguistics
1. G. Graffi - S. Scalise, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, nuova edizione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (capitoli 3, 9, 10).

2. R. Lazzeroni, “Il mutamento linguistico”, in R. Lazzeroni (a cura di) Linguistica storica, 16^ ristampa 2011, Carocci, 14-54.

3. R. Gusmani, “Interlinguistica”, in R. Lazzeroni (a cura di) Linguistica storica, 16^ ristampa 2011, Carocci, 87-114.

III. Opera di consultazione in generale: Lessico di Linguistica, a cura di Paola Cotticelli Kurras, Edizioni dell’Orso, Alessandria 2007.

A detailed list of the covered topics, with an indication of the chapters and paragraphs that will be the subject of examination and any additions for non attending students, will be charged during the lesson period and till the end of the lessons on the plattform e-learning, together with the additional teaching materials. It is recommended to consult the e-learning plattform for any further information related to the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral