Fundamentals of General Linguistics
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The first part of the course aims to supply to the students the basic instrumentation for a good knowledge of the institutions of the discipline.
The second part, of monographic character, aims for a first pertaining to content and methodological widening, diverged from year to year, of a prominent theme.
By the declination of the Dublin Descriptors, we can briefly summarize: Knowledge and understanding: Students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the specific field thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures, online learning objects etc.) regarding foundation topics and advanced research in the field of general linguistics; Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills, in particular, students will develop skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems in the specific field; Making judgements: Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field; Communication skills: thanks to the specific focus of the topics, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists; Learning skills: Thanks to the general scaffolding of the course, students will develop learning skills useful to fulfil further studies in general linguistics and more generally speaking as learners in the second cycle or in lifelong learning education.
Course contents summary
The course, which aims to provide students with the basic concepts for the acquisition of a modern language training, is dedicated mainly as institutional to present and discuss the basic concepts of general linguistics, addressing in parallel nodal points of the discipline (from terminology issues, the communicative aspects, to the main psycho- and socio-linguistic concepts).
De Saussure F., "Cours de Linguistique générale" [CLG], Payot 1916 (till the part 'syncronic linguistics' (§ 192, p. 168 in the ediction Laterza by Tullio De Mauro). Astori, D. "Appunti di linguistica generale", Bottega del Libro edizioni, Parma 2015.
Frontal lessons and seminarial activity.
The course will also be offered in a blended way on the distance learning platform called Elly.
Assessment methods and criteria
It will be oral. We test the general knowledge, content and methodology, of the discipline. Among the most important content of the assessment at least: clarity, logic of argumentation, the competence of the technical language, ability to interdisciplinary links, adequacy of the answers to the questions asked. The final verification is in 30/30.
About the distribution of the overall score of the vote, up to 8 points are related to the knowledge of the text of Saussure, up to 8 to the book of Astori, up to 8 to the programme discussed in class; you will earn up to 3 points with an (optional) research agreed with the teacher during the course, and up to 3 will be gained through the interaction within the classroom activities.
Seminarial meetings will be presented during the lessons.