GENERAL LINGUISTICS MODULE 1

GENERAL LINGUISTICS MODULE 1

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Code
64918
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 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
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This course is an introduction to general linguistics and its fundamental theories. It focuses on the following basic themes: language as a semiotic system. Levels of linguistic analysis. Semantics, pragmatics, textuality. Initiating reflection on the functioning of the multidimensional “language” system.

Students are requested to have a knowledge of the main morpho-syntactical structures of written and spoken Italian.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching objectives that the present Module proposes attaining are the following: giving students knowledge of some distinctive features of the language semiotic system. Enabling students to discern the levels of linguistic analysis and the theoretical units regarding each level. Giving students some basic notions on the key-ideas of the fundamental paradigms (formal and functional) of 20th century linguistics. Making students aware of the dimensions of variation of language. Giving students basic notions of sociolinguistics. Enabling students to identify the main factors of textual cohesion in a text. Making students familiar with the pragmatic perspective on linguistic facts.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Seminars. Written exercises. During lectures there will be a discussion of examples that help illustrate theoretical categories and stimulate metalinguistic awareness in its different dimensions. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The module is an introduction to general linguistics in its theoretical basis also with reference to epistemological paradigms of 20th century linguistics. Reflections on the main characteristics of language as a semiotic system will be initiated. Levels of linguistic analysis will be thematised with particular attention to semantics, pragmatics and textuality. The pragmatic dimension will function as a general framework within which the study of linguistic facts will be framed. 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

G. Berruto, M. Cerruti, La linguistica. Un corso introduttivo, Torino, UTET Università, 2017 (II ed.), ad esclusione del cap. 4, pp. 159-181 e del cap. 5, pp. 212-224.

3 a scelta fra i seguenti capitoli di E. Benveniste, Problemi di linguistica generale, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1971 (a disposizione presso l'ex-Istituto di Glottologia, Balbi 4, III piano):
Tendenze recenti della linguistica generale, pp. 9-26.
Saussure dopo cinquant’anni, pp. 43-58.
Comunicazione animale e linguaggio umano, pp. 70-78.
Natura del segno linguistico, pp. 61-69.
Le relazioni di tempo nel verbo francese, pp. 283-300.
La soggettività nel linguaggio, pp. 310-320.
La filosofia analitica e il linguaggio, pp. 321-331.
I verbi delocutivi, pp. 332-342.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Wednesday from 14 to 15 and by appointment.

Exam Board

ROSA RONZITTI (President)

CLAUDIA CAFFI (President)

GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI

IRENE DE FELICE

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures. Seminars. Written exercises. During lectures there will be a discussion of examples that help illustrate theoretical categories and stimulate metalinguistic awareness in its different dimensions. 

LESSONS START

At the end of Prof. Ronzitti's syllabus.

ORARI

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

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GENERAL LINGUISTICS MODULE 1

EXAMS

Exam description

Written exam which will consist in answering 3 questions regarding the main themes presented during the course. A question will be focussed on one of the articles proposed (Benveniste).

 

Assessment methods

The written exam aims at verifying the acquisition of the disciplinary contents presented in the Course. In particular, the ability of discerning the different linguistic levels and the different units of analysis will be assessed. The ability of recognizing the dimensions of linguistic variation as well as the various means of textual cohesion will also be evaluated.  Finally, a criterion of evaluation will be the correcteness of the exposition, also from a formal viewpoint, as well as the correct use of technical terms.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
24/06/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
24/06/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
08/07/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
08/07/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
09/09/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto
09/09/2020 16:00 GENOVA Scritto

FURTHER INFORMATION

The articles of Benveniste's book which will be the object of one of the questions in the written exam will be avaliable at the former 'Istituto di Glottologia', Balbi 4, III piano.