IJ2B051 Italian Lexicology and Semantics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021

The course is not taught in Autumn 2021

Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Teacher(s)
Giorgio Cadorini, Dottore in Lettere, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Egle Mocciaro, Dottore di Ricerca (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Egle Mocciaro, Dottore di Ricerca
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
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
The course deals with the basic notions and problems in Italian semantics and lexicology. At the end of the teaching activities the students should have a solid knowledge of the basic theories in semantics (see below, course contents), from the very first theories of tropes to contemporary semantic processes in Italian language. He/She should be able to make use of this knowledge in the analysis of linguistic material in his/her diploma thesis.
Syllabus
  • The course is about the main problems of Italian semantics and lexicology. Using the traditional concepts of the founders of the discipline (from Bréal to de Saussure), completed by the works by Hjelmslev, De Mauro and Ullmann, the course will try to give a definition of the basic terms and notions in semantics: semantics, semiotics, onomasiology, semasiology, sign, signifiant, signifié etc. The second part of the course focuses on the semantic relation among words (hyponims, hyperonims, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms etc.) and on the word-formation processes. The course will also deal with diachronical semantics focusing on the changes of meaning, their causes, process and consequences. Italian linguistic material will serve to illustrate metaphors, metonymies, synecdoches, popular etymology.
Literature
  • 1. Ježek Elisabetta, 2011, Lessico. Classi di parole, strutture, combinazioni, Bologna, Il Mulino, ISBN 9788815232991.
  • 2. Berruto Gaetano, 1992, La semantica, Bologna, Zanichelli, ISBN 9788808024169.
  • 3. De Saussure Ferdinand, 2007, Kurs obecné lingvistiky, Edizione curata da Tullio De Mauro, Traduzione di František Čermák, Praha, Academia, ISBN 978-80-200-1568-6.
Teaching methods
Lecture and practical activities: explanation, by the teacher, of the basic notions and problems and their application on appropriate linguistic material. The students who don't attend the courses have to set an alternative syllabus with the teacher.
Assessment methods
Oral test and discussion on the research materials. The students who don't attend the courses have to set an alternative syllabus with the teacher.
Language of instruction
Italian
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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