General linguistics (i) (2015/2016)

Course code
4S01391
Name of lecturer
Denis Delfitto
Coordinator
Denis Delfitto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
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
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  

Learning outcomes

This course aims at providing an essential introduction to linguistics as a cognitive science, by making the participants familiar with the different perspectives from which linguistics can be built as a science of language: language as a cultural and historical entity, as a communication system and as a computational system characterized by the interaction of different cognitive modules. Specific attention will be paid to the relationship between syntactic structures and (phrasal) meaning, and to the relationship between meaning and the use of language.

Syllabus

This course consists in an introduction to the main elements of sound analysis and sound representation (phonetics and phonology), rules of word formation (morphology), sentence derivation and sentence representation (syntax), sentence meaning in isolation and in context (semantics and discourse-theory), and language use (pragmatics). The enlightened properties of human language will be discussed in a broad cognitive perspective, by focusing especially on the relationship between grammar and meaning.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016