General Linguistics (M) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alfredo Rizza
Alfredo Rizza
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  
Sem. IIB

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Learning outcomes

This class aims at approaching in a critical way the models of analysis of language and texts


The program consists of three parts related to the concepts of language faculty, language and text.
After an initial consolidation of the fundamentals of linguistisc, the course will continue, with emphasis on the history of linguistics, to present models of analysis relating to the linguistic concepts of "language faculty", "language" and "text."
60 years N. Chomsky published his well known Syntactc Structures, thus we then we will start with a brief assessment of the contribution of the chomskyan studies in different fields of linguistics. We will then observe the birth of descriptive theories for languages and texts acroos the 20th and 21st century.For the description of languages we will discuss the theory of principles and parameters, and its cennections with the typolgy; finally we will discuss textlinguistics as a formal tool.

References wil be provided during class
For the final proof the student should read on of the "classics" in lingistics, taken from the list below, or agreed upon with the teacher.

- Boas, F., Introduzione alle lingue degli indiani d'America
- Sapir, E., Il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica
- Morris, C.W., Lineamenti di una teoria dei segni
- Benveniste, É., Problemi di linguistica generale
- Chomsky, N., Il linguaggio e la mente
- Chomsky, N., La scienza del linguaggio
- Jakobson, R., Saggi di linguistica generale
- Saussure, F. de, Corso di linguistica generale
- Hallyday, M.A.K., Sistema e funzione del linguaggio
- Bloomfield, L., Il linguaggio

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam