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 nineteenth century.
Course contents summary
The course gives some outlines of the history of italian Language, illustrates the periods of his evolution, examines same important texts from origin to Twentith century and explains the aspects more important of them. The course aims to provide the students with a basic knowledge of the historical evolution of the Italian language
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, 2010.
Frontal lessons and exercises. After an introduction to the fundamentals of historical grammar, the evolution of the language from the Origins to the nineteenth 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 elly.lass.unipr.it.. 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.
Nevertheless, interested students can be evaluated also by the presentation of a scientific paper concerning a text, or author, selected independently by the student with teacher’s approval. The paper (of no more than 25.000 characters) will be judged on its content (linguistic analysis). It must be submitted to the examination board at least one week before the exam
If interested in particular research projects, students can also request specific bibliography.