IJ2A231 History of Italian Language I (from Vulgar Latin to Dante)

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
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
Wed 12:00–13:40 G25, except Wed 15. 11.
( IJIA028 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055com Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055mai Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055min Bachelor's State Exam )
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). You can enroll in the same semester in History of Italian Language I and Latin for Students of Romance Languages I.
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
Basic knowledge of: Vernacular Latin, main evolutionary phenomena of the lanaguage, concepts and methods of the subject, origins of Italian language.
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
    • Claudio Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2010
    • MARAZZINI, Claudio. La lingua italiana : profilo storico. 3a ed. Bologna: Mulino, 2002. 553 s. ISBN 9788815086754. info
    • 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
    • Luca Serianni, Prima lezione di storia della lingua italiana, Bari, Laterza, 2015
    • 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
    The exam includes the complete programme of the subject such as provided in the lectures held during the semester (including lectures given by guest lecturers, and references to topics covered in the previous semester if the subject has the number II in its title) and in a manual on the subject to choose from among those listed. The final grade will also take into account the work done by students during the semester and their active participation in the course.
    Attendance is compulsory.
    Maximum number of unjustified absences: 3. Late arrival, i.e. when the lecture has already started, will be marked as an absence. Doing other things, not relevant to the subject, during the classes (such as chatting, reading/sending email, browsing the internet, watching films/videos) will also be considered as an absence.
    Arriving late at the exam may result in non-admission to the exam.
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    The course is taught annually.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2022.
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