HISTORY OF ITALIAN
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course the students will acquire the aptitude to analyse and expound a text from linguistic, historical, literary point of view, using the best tools with regard to the centhury, the social and cultural context, the geographical location or literary genre in which the text itself is placed. Using the skills they will have acquired the students will be able to solve problems of language’s history, and to make links, even facing with texts and authors they have not studied during the lessons. To be familiar with the different texts and tools, ancient and modern, will encourage the student to examine the subject in depth and extend his knowledge about. At the end of the course the students will be able to improve their disciplinar learning method even in view of the magistral course.
Basics of Italian History and Italian Literature.
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 and of an paper (of no more than 25.000 characters) concerning a text, or author, selected independently by the student with teacher’s approval. 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.
Attendance is strongly recommended. Non-attending students will have to contact the professor.If interested in particular research projects, students can also request specific bibliography.