History of Italian Language (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo Pellegrini
Paolo Pellegrini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 dal Sep 25, 2017 al Nov 11, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course has two fundamental aims:
1) To provide an in-depth knowledge of the XIVth and XVth Tuscan vernacular.
2) To guide the students in the reading and in the morphosyntactic analysis of some of the most important vernacular texts of the Italian literature of the origins.

At the end of the course the students must be able to:
- read and interpret correctly a text or a document in the vernacular
- independently perform the appropriate morphosyntactic reliefs
- demonstrate an increased lexical competence.


The course is divided into two main sections:

1. The Tuscan vernacular:
- Nominal morphology
- Verbal morphology
- Syntax elements
2. History of the Italian language: early texts in Tuscan vernacular
- Documentary texts
- Literary texts

For those students who will attend the classes the course will consist of lectures during which the course topics will be explained and the texts will be read. Students will be stimulated by the teacher to take part and to directly face the reading of the texts in the classroom so as to verify the skills acquired during the lessons.
The teacher will use e-learning didactic modalities, providing students with slides and materials that will be gradually used in class. The e-learning platform will also be consulted for teacher-student communications and for everything related to the timetable, lessons and suspensions.
Throughout the academic year the teacher will receive students on time posted to the virtual bulletin board and constantly updated. Non-attending students must integrate the course materials with the bibliography indicated by the teacher in the virtual platform. The content of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises held in the classroom, is part of the program.

Non-attending students will have to prepare the following 2 essays:
A. Castellani, Italiano e fiorentino argenteo, in A. Castellani, Saggi di Linguistica e filologia italiana e romanza, I, Roma, Salerno, 1980, pp. 17-35.
G. Nencioni, Un caso di polimorfia della lingua letteraria dal sec. XIII al XVI, in G. Nencioni, Saggi di lingua antica e moderna, Torino, Rosenberg & Sellier, 1989, pp. 11-188 (Free PDF to the site: http://nencioni.sns.it/index.php?id=786)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paola Manni Il Trecento toscano. La lingua di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio (Edizione 1) Il Mulino 2003 978-88-15-08899-4
Giuseppe Patota Nuovi lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano il Mulino 2007 9788815119469

Assessment methods and criteria

Contents and methods for conducting the assessment tests:
The test covers all the topics of the program in the two parts related to its thematic areas:
- verification of the knowledge of historical grammar as regards the main morphosyntactic elements of the ancient Tuscan vulgar.
- verification of knowledge of morphosyntactic character through the reading and analysis of an ancient vulgar text
For each of the two parts is attributed up to a maximum of 15 thirty. The sum of the score of the two evaluations will form the final mark, expressed in thirtieths.
For Erasmus students, the teacher will clarify the contents and methods of the exam in class.