Comparative Grammar of Classical Languages (M) (2017/2018)

Course code
4S02273
Name of lecturer
Paola Cotticelli
Coordinator
Paola Cotticelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
First half of Semester 2 , Second half of Semester 2

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course of Comparative Grammar of the Indo-European Languages gives an introduction in the study of the comparative study of selected grammatical categories of the ancient Indo-European languages in a diachronic perspective, particularly referring to Old Greek and Latin. The structural aspects of the development of some grammatical categories, especially of those belonging to the nominal and verbal morphology, will be presented through the reading and discussion of selected texts in order to show their reconstruction for the protolanguage and of some pragmatic features in the texts. The texts will be chosen among the oldest documents of some Indo-European languages such as Mycenaean Greek, Old Latin, Vedic, Gothic, Hittite and Lithuanian. In the textual analyses, peculiarities related to literary genres will be identified, and also to possible testimonies that can be traced back to an Indo-European cultural heritage, which can be confirmed by analyzing the linguistic data of the texts.

Syllabus

The course of Comparative Grammar of the Indo-European Languages describes the history and the comparison of the grammatical categories of the ancient Indo-European languages in the perspective of their reconstruction for the protolanguage. The description of some grammatical categories will be done through reading and discussing some passages of selected IE languages such as Mycenaean Greek, Old Latin, Vedic, Gothic, Hittite and Lithuanian.
The texts will be provided by the teacher during the course.

Beekes, Robert S.P., 1995, Beekes, Comparative Indo-European linguistics: an introduction, Amsterdam
Clackson, James, 2007, Indo-European Linguistics. An Introduction, Cambridge.
Fortson, Benjamin W., 2004, Indo-European language and culture. An introduction, Malden, MA

Lehmann, W.P., 1999, La linguistica indoeuropea, (trad. italiana) Mulino, Bologna
Meier-Brügger, Michael, 20109, Meier-Brügger, Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Clackson, James, Indo-European Linguistics. An Introduction Cambridge 2007
Lehmann, W.P., La linguistica indoeuropea, (trad. italiana Mulino 1999

Assessment methods and criteria

For all students (attending or not attending) the assessment of learning outcomes provides:
• The exposition of an in-depth report on a topic of the class;
• The final oral exam on all subjects, including the reports read by the colleagues.
Students will have lessons and reports on the e-learning platform.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROOF
• check the status of course learning;
• verify the ability to re-elaborate and deepen.

EXAMS
The exam covers all the topics of the program including the reports of the colleagues.

RATING
The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths, based on the knowledge, the effectiveness and readiness of the answers, the language property.

For Erasmus students, the coordinator is available to clarify the how to prepare the exam.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018