The course aims at providing the students with some basic notions concerning human language from a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Specifically, the students will get acquainted with the levels of linguistic analysis, the dimension of historical change and phenomena of linguistic contact.
IMPORTANT: A preparatory course and practical classes will be held during the course. Their attendance is strongly suggested to all students.
Introduction to general and historical linguistics.
Lectures. Practical classes will be held in a dedicated course.
Module 1) General linguistics (prof. Melloni):
the essential features of human language; basic notions of language acquisition, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
Module 2) Historical linguistics (prof. Cotticelli):
notions of linguistic change, language relationship and language family, analogy, Indo-European languages and the language families of the world; models of language classification; models for the interpretation of linguistic change (Neogrammarian, geolinguistic, sociolinguistic), speech contact.
G. Graffi - S. Scalise, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, nuova edizione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and Appendice).
• G. Graffi - S. Scalise, Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, nuova edizione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (chapters 3, 9, 10).
• E. Magni, Linguistica storica, Pàtron, Bologna, 2014.
3) Opera di consultazione:
Lessico di Linguistica, a cura di Paola Cotticelli Kurras, Edizioni dell’Orso, Alessandria 2007.
Exercises concerning all volume chapters, especially IPA transcriptions, are available on the website of the Publisher “Il Mulino” (www.mulino.it) through the digital platform “Aulaweb”.
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Oral examination, preceded by a written test, consisting of a multiple choice test and open-ended questions. The positive overcoming of the written exam gives admission to the oral exam.