HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE FROM THE ORIGINS TO FIVE HUNDRED
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide the students with a basic knowledge of the historical evolution of the Italian language ( and of the debates that accompanied it) and with a basic know-how to be able to read and contextualize literary texts from the Origins to the sixteenth century
Course contents summary
The course is conceived as an introduction to the fundamentals of the history of the italian language and to the the basics of historical grammar, along with a quick overview of the evolution of the language ,from the first documents to the linguistic debate of the sixteenth century.
All the students are required to read the following texts:
P. D’Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell’italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2001 e successive, pp. 37-112
C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino
After an introduction to the fundamentals of historical grammar, the evolution of the language from the Origins to the sixteenth century will be traced through the direct study of documents and texts, and of their modern commentaries.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will consist of an oral interview. The principal contents required (along with suggestions for the study) are published in firstname.lastname@example.org. A student proving basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts will be considered sufficient (18-21), a good (22-26) or very good (27-30 cum laude) evaluation will come in proportion to the ability of autonomous elaboration.