HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

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Code
64912
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
12 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The common part of the course aims at providing a complete knowledge of basic Linguistics: levels analysis, phonetic transcription, historical and typological Linguistics, theory of sign.

The part for classical students focuses on linguistic reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European and prohistory of Classical Languages.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

General linguistics is the study of language and languages. A specific objective of a linguistic theory is to define the language as a system: each semiotic system, verbal and non verbal. Beyond a more immanent perspective aimed at the study of specific systems, especially verbal ones, ‘our’ and ‘other’ historical languages, ancient and modern languages, general Linguistics courses affect various sectors of interdisciplinary research. Introduction to historical-comparative linguistics: Classification of languages: linguistic relations and affinities (with specific reference to Indo-European languages). Comparison and reconstruction: objectives, methods and limits / Profile of comparative Indo-European grammar: Glottological reading and comment of language texts. Methods of teaching.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course enables students:

1) to master the basic knowledges in General Linguistics;

2) (for students of Classics) to master the comparative-reconstructive method and to evaluate the history of classical languages as an evolution along thousand-year genetic axes of a proto-language called Indo-European, recognisable in its historical forms in a dozen linguistic branches and in a comparison among Latin, Greek, Sanskrit (Vedic) and Gothic

PREREQUISITES

1) for everyone: a good knowledge of Italian and its morpho-syntactic structure;

2) for students of Classics: a good knoledge of Greek and Latin.

Teaching methods

Lectures, distribution of materials at lectures and with Aulaweb, phonetical exercises.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

More synthetically: Berruto-Cerruti’s manual except some parts that will be indicated.

 

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cru

 

Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

More synthetically: Berruto-Cerruti’s manual indicated in the first module and a chosen part of Greek and Latin linguistic prehistory.

Programme for the second cycle of lectures.

Reconstruction of Indo-European. The phonological system of Indo-European reconstructed. Elements of Indo-European morphology and syntax. Reading of texts with glottological comment.

 

Programme for students taking the course for 12 cfu

Linguistics and glottology. Fundamentals of the discipline. Synchronic and diachronic study of languages, phonetics and phonology, morphology, variability of languages, classification of languages: genealogical affinities and relations among languages.

More synthetically: Berruto-Cerruti’s manual indicated in the first modulea chosen part of Greek and Latin linguistic prehistory.

Programme for the second cycle of lectures.

Reconstruction of Indo-European. The phonological system of Indo-European reconstructed. Elements of Indo-European morphology and syntax. Reading of texts with glottological comment.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

See the Italian part.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Tuesday, 10-11. Istituto di Glottologia, Balbi 4, third floor.

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures, distribution of materials at lectures and with Aulaweb, phonetical exercises.

LESSONS START

20th february 2019.

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS

EXAMS

Exam description

Written exame for modernists, oral exam for students of Classics.

Phonetical transcription.

Assessment methods

The assessment method consists of :

a written text for modernists;

2) an oral test that examines the entire programme undertaken at lectures for students of Classical languages.

For everyone: phonetical transcription.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
05/02/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
06/02/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
13/05/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
14/05/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
03/06/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
04/06/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
24/06/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
25/06/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
08/07/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
09/07/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
10/09/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who do not attend are urged to contact teaching staff at least a month before taking the exam.