Lingusitic theories, texts and contexts (2019/2020)

Course code
4S007401
Name of lecturer
Alfredo Rizza
Coordinator
Alfredo Rizza
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The main aim is to introduce the themes of textual syntax from the point of view of theoretical linguistics and pragmatics (cohesion and coherence of the text, anaphora, deixis, information structure). We start from more general considerations on the concept of language and on the centrality that the reflection on language has being having - and continues to have - in the contemporary cultural debate. Through online tests appropriately distributed and corrected during class some linguistic themes useful for the training of the teacher's cultural and professional figure will be reinforced. EXPECTED FORMATIVE RESULTS The course aims to provide students with a critical thinking about the fundamental concepts and methods of linguistics for the cultural and professional enrichment of the humanistic intellectual. At the end of the course the student must be able to: • describe the basics of language study; • recognize the fundamentals of the syntax of the text and of the information structure • know how to apply the acquired knowledge in the future study career. PREREQUISITES A knowledge of synchronic and diachronic linguistics at the introductory level is presupposed. It is advisable for those who never had a class in linguistic to consult the teacher and to use basic handbooks.

Syllabus

MAIN TOPICS
1. The interest about the nature of language in the intellectual history.
2. The structure of the text according to the formal and functional characteristics of language and languages.

TEACHING
(1) Lectures dedicated to the subjects of the course, encouraging active participation of the students with questions and discussions, and, given convenient conditions, encouraging students to start autonomous short researches to be presented to the colleagues during class.
(2) Online tests (e-learning platform) mainly for the target "consolidation".


BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXAM
REQUESTED FOR THE EXAM:

- Rizza, Alfredo. Appunti e materiali di linguistica generale forniti a lezione
- Cecilia Andorno. Linguistica testuale. Un'introduzione. Carocci (CHAP. 1-3)
- An individual reading of your choice (in Italian, in the original language or in your home language translation)

USEFUL BOOK * for refreshing your knowledge *
In Italian: Graffi, Giorgio e Sergio Scalise. Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica. Il Mulino; but you can use any introductory handbook, in your home language as well.

TEXTS FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS (UNLESS DIFFERENT AGREEMENT WITH THE TEACHER)
- Cecilia Andorno. Linguistica testuale. Un'introduzione. Carocci
- Colombo, Adriano e Giorgio Graffi. Capire la grammatica. Il contributo della linguistica. Carocci
- a reading of your choice (in Italian, in the original language or in your home language translation). Suggested readings are given below in the section "teaching aids"; other readings can be agreed.
- NON ATTENDING STUDENTS MUST PASS THE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS (E-learning).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Rizza, Alfredo Appunti e materiali di glottologia generale forniti a lezione o disponibili sul moodle dell'insegnamento 2017 Frequentanti
Colombo, Adriano e Giorgio Graffi Capire la grammatica. Il contributo della linguistica Carocci 2017 9788843088904 Per i non frequentanti. (Gli studenti frequentanti possono scegliere questo libro in sostituzione della lettura individuale).
Cecilia Andorno Linguistica testuale. Un'introduzione (Edizione 7) Carocci 2015 9788843027484 Frequentanti e non

Assessment methods and criteria

The online tests, the (written) essay and the final interview will verify:
1- the state and quality of knowledge about the basics of the study of language, the fundamentals of the syntax of the text and of the information structure;
2- the application of the knowledge, mainly of the fundamentals of text syntax;
3- the capacity to develop links and critical reflections;
4- the language property, and the relevance and promptness of the answers.
5- the learning skills (mainly the level of independence in finding and comparing possible additional sources).

GETTING PREPARED FOR THE EXAM
I- Online tests "in itinere". All studente, *attending* and *non attending* are required to take online tests
Do not hesitate to contact the teacher if you have doubts.
II- Essay (written paper)
(a) Attending students prepare a paper (max. ca. 5000 words) about the concept of language and its relevance in cultural studies, corresponding to the first part of the program.
(b) Non attending student should contact the teacher to agree a topic
N.B.: The paper must be submitted roughly 7-8 days BEFORE the official date of the exam, in order to be taken into consideration.
III- Final discussion
(a) Attending students prepare lessons and materials presented during class and prepare the volume about textual linguistics
(b) Non attending students prepare the two handbooks listed later below (i.e. Andorno and Colombo/Graffi). They can anyway contact the teacher to agree a different program.
IV- Individual reading
All students are required to prepare an individual reading to be chosen among classics of linguistics or about a suitable topic of interest.
A list of suggested readings is given below in the section "teaching aids". The student may choose, in agreement with the teacher, another reading, not listed in the file below.

Teaching aids

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