IJ2A031 History of Italian Language I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Fri 5. 11. 8:00–9:40 G21, Fri 12. 11. 8:00–9:40 G21, Fri 19. 11. 8:00–9:40 G21, Fri 26. 11. 8:00–9:40 G21, Fri 10. 12. 8:00–9:40 G21, Fri 17. 12. 8:00–9:40 G21
( IJ1A055 Bachelor's State Exam || IJIA028 Bachelor's State Exam ) && ( NOW ( IJ2A101 Introduction to Vulgar Latin ) || IJ2A101 Introduction to Vulgar Latin )
Knowledge of basic grammar and lexicon of classical Latin as taught e.g. in high school or in the courses of Latin for Students of Romance Languages I, II (LJ601 and LJ602).
This course takes place in the second half of the Autumn semester, after the students will have attended the course IJ2A101 Introduction to Vulgar Latin / Úvod do lidové latiny in the first half of the semester.
If you have not passed the exam of Introduction to Vulgar Latin you cannot get the zapocet for History of Italian Language I, nor attend History of Italian Language II (in Spring term).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Knowledge of the history of Italian language from the Origins to the unification of Italy. Part one (Autumn): introduction to the subject and first centuries.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • sketch development of Latin in the fields of phonetics, morphology, syntax and lexicon with emphasis on Vulgar and Late Latin;
  • show relation between selected Late Latin evolutionary tendencies and the development of the Romance languages (mainly Italian, and Spanish);
  • explain some basic principles related to the development of language and language changes.
  • Syllabus
    • Vulgar Latin:
    • Introduction.
    • Concepts of Vulgar and Late Latin and their definition.
    • Romanization and the Romance languages.
    • Changes in the vocalic and consonantic systems.
    • Nominal system: changes in declension, gradation of adjectives, changes in pronouns, origin of the article.
    • Theory of grammaticalization.
    • Verbal system: development of new forms (future, perfect), extinction of some classical forms, changes in verbal voice.
    • Syntax: accusative with infinitive, quod clauses, absolute constructions, indirect questions, word order.
    • Lexicon: semantic changes, Greek loan-words.
      required literature
    • PATOTA, Giuseppe. Lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2002. 209 s. ISBN 8815086382. info
      recommended literature
    • HERMAN, József. Vulgar Latin. Edited by Roger Wright. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000. xiv, 130. ISBN 0271020016. info
    • TAGLIAVINI, Carlo. Le origini delle lingue neolatine. Bologna, 1969. info
    • MIKULOVÁ, Jana. Základní kurz latiny. 2. díl. (Basic Course of Latin. Volume 2.). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. 190 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6499-7. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
    • MIKULOVÁ, Jana. Základní kurz latiny I (Basic Course of Latin I). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014. 402 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7039-4. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
      not specified
    • MARAZZINI, Claudio. La lingua italiana : profilo storico. 3a ed. Bologna: Mulino, 2002. 553 s. ISBN 9788815086754. info
    • Luca Serianni, Prima lezione di storia della lingua italiana, Bari, Laterza, 2015
    • Claudio Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2010
    • BRUNI, Francesco. L'italiano letterario nella storia. Bologna: Mulino, 2002. 229 s. ISBN 9788815113757. info
    • BECCARIA, Gian Luigi, Concetto DEL POPOLO and Claudio MARAZZINI. L'italiano letterario : profilo storico. Torino: Utet Libreria, 1989. viii, 218. ISBN 8877501278. info
    • BRUNI, Francesco. L'italiano : elementi di storia della lingua e della cultura. Torino: UTET Università, 1984. x, 527. ISBN 9788877501523. info
    Teaching methods
    Lezioni frontali (storia della lingua italiana con lettura critica di testi sia letterari sia pratici; introduzione alla disciplina con focalizzazione su problemi e metodi).
    Assessment methods
    Examination (IJ2A101 Úvod do lidové latiny)
    Written test from both Classical and Vulgar Latin. In the Classical Latin part, the knowledge of basic Latin morphology, selected syntactic phenomena and basic vocabulary will be required (list of required grammar is found in the study materials). In the Vulgar Latin part, questions will focus on topics studied during the course. Students also will be asked to explain simple examples of evolutionary tendencies found in Latin texts. The written test will be completed with a brief oral examination.
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    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    Information on completion of the course: .
    The course is taught annually.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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