This course provides an introduction to the study of natural language, conceived of as a cognitive system endowed with specific features and specifically used for communication purposes as well as an instrument for the expression of thought.
More particularly, the course involves a presentation of the core concepts for an analysis of the physical properties and of the mental representations associated with linguistic sounds (phonetics and phonology), of the rules of word-formation and sentence structure (morphosyntax), of sentence meaning in isolation and in context (semantics and pragmatics).
Some of the core properties of human language will be discussed from a broad cognitive and semiotic perspective, by devoting a specific attention to the relationship between human language and the other cognitive systems as well as to the differences between natural language and the other biological and artificial communication systems.
|Benedetta Baldi e Leonardo M. Savoia||Linguaggio e comunicazione. Introduzione alla linguistica||Zanichelli||2017|
Written exam at the end of the course.
The exam will consist in about ten questions (almost all of them open questions), which are aimed at checking the knowledge and competences acquired by the participants, as well as their skills of synthesis and of independent judgment in the application of some of these competences.
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