IJ2A235 Italian Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Egle Mocciaro, Dottore di Ricerca (lecturer)
Mgr. Magdaléna Nahálková (assistant)
doc. Christophe Gérard L. Cusimano (alternate examiner)
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
doc. Christophe Gérard L. Cusimano
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Fri 10:00–11:40 G02
( 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 )
No other pre-requisites are required.
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
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Course objectives
The course will cover various aspects of Italian language and linguistics. The aim of the course will be to analyse the synchronic structures of Italian, with particular reference to morphosyntactic aspects and the speech dimension.
Learning outcomes
Students will learn to use the tools of the discipline, through theoretical-methodological seminars and research activities on corpora of spoken Italian. At the end of the course, students will be able to: - critically evaluate the linguistic phenomena covered by the course - communicate information, present issues and problems relating to the field of study, both in oral and written form, to specialist and non-specialist addressees - identify relevant data for the solution of analytical problems and manage their own self-critical learning.
  • The course will be developed around the following topics - characteristics of verbal language (linguistic sign, arbitrariness, double articulation etc.) - basics of phonetics and phonology (partly self-study) - basics of Italian morphology (words and morphemes, inflectional morphology, word formation); - basics of syntax (syntagmas, sentence and constituent analysis, constituent order, semantic roles, argument structure, transitivity; information structure); syntax of the complex sentence (partly self-study). The course will include active participation in at least 80% of the linguistic seminars held by guest scholars (Research Seminar - Guest Seminar, the outline schedule of which will be communicated at the beginning of the semester); alternatively, other in-depth courses (written essays) will have to be agreed upon through the study of additional bibliographic materials. Possible monographic focuses for possible individual advanced studies (written essays): speech phenomena (reductions etc.); suprasegmental phonology; evaluative morphology; parasynthesis; the flexive system of Italian in comparison with other Romance languages; the inflectional system of Italian in comparison with Slavic languages; advanced studies on inaccusativity; syntax phenomena of the complex sentence; history of the discipline.
    required literature
  • BERRUTO, Gaetano and Massimo CERRUTI. La linguistica : un corso introduttivo. 2a edizione. Torino: UTET Università, 2017. xiv, 333. ISBN 9788860084835. info
  • PRANDI, Michele, Pierluigi CUZZOLIN, Nicola GRANDI and Maria NAPOLI. Orizzonti della linguistica : grammatica, tipologia, mutamento. Ia edizione. Roma: Carocci editore, 2021. 462 stran. ISBN 9788829004461. info
  • PRANDI, Michele and Cristiana DE SANTIS. Le regole e le scelte : manuale di linguistica e di grammatica italiana. 2a ed. Novara: UTET università, 2011. xxxi, 518. ISBN 9788860083586. info
  • Lecture notes during the course
Teaching methods
Lectures and practical activities: explanation of the basic notions and problems and their application on appropriate linguistic material.
Assessment methods
The learning assessment consists of the following segments: (A) Written test on course content (open questions and exercises on texts); (B) (for those not enrolled in ROM2B105 Research Seminar - Guest Lecturers Series (A)) Written essay on an agreed topic (based on self-study materials; cf. "Study materials"). Attendance of at least 80% of the lectures is required (3 absences at the most).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Určeno pro studenty navazujícího magisterského studia.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2022.
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