Introduction to the critical knowledge of the history of linguistic thought, also in the perspective of the problems of contemporary linguistic research.
Prerequisites: Basic concepts of general linguistics, e.g. those available in the handbook by G. Graffi & S. Scalise, Le lingue e il linguaggio, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013, especially chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10.
Content of course: Linguistics since the early 19th century until the present day: an overview.
A) Attending students:
- from "The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics", ed. by Keith Allan, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, chapters: 7 ("Nineteenth Century Study of Sound Change from Rask to Saussure"), 19 ("Noam Chomsky's contributions to Linguistics: A Sketch"), 20 ("European Linguistics since Saussure"), 28 ("Comparative, Historical and Typological Linguistics since the Eighteenth Century").
- G. Graffi, "20th Century Linguistics: Overview of Trends", in Keith Brown (editor in chief), "Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics", 2nd ed., Oxford, Elsevier, 2006, vol. 13, pp. 181-195
B) Not attending students:
- Robert H. Robins, "A short history of linguistics", 4th ed., Harlow, Addison Wesley Longman, 1997
N.B.: The text indicated above is the whole program for students who cannot attend class lectures: they are therefore invited not to contact the teacher for confirmation on this subject.
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