HISTORY OF ITALIAN
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Specialist Course of Italian Language’s History will provide the students an approach to the linguistic general questions and to several important texts (most of all being literary), and will promote the use of historical grammatic and dictionary, specialistic bibliography, concordances and online resources.
Basics of Italian Literature and Italian Language History
Course contents summary
The course examines the evolution of Manzoni’s thought about the Italian language by the analysis of Promessi sposi critical edition (Fermo e Lucia, Seconda minuta, Promessi sposi 1827), linguistic works, marginale notes, letters, contemporaneous writings by different authors about several linguistic questions. .
G. Nencioni, Il volgare nell'avvio del principato mediceo, in: Firenze e la Toscana dei Medici 1983, vol. II, pp. 683–705 .
Trifone, Una maschera di parole. La commedia tra grammatica e pragmatica, in La sintassi dell’italiano letterario, Roma, Bulzoni, 1995
Altieri Biagi, La lingua in scena, Bologna, Zanichelli, 1980
L. Serianni, Il primo Ottocento, Bologna, il Mulino, 1989
G. Nencioni, La lingua di Manzoni, Bologna, il Mulino, 1993
M. Danzi, Lingua nazionale, lessicografia milanese. Manzoni e Cherubini, Alessandria, Ed. Dell'Orso, 2001
Poggi Salani, Dal « Fermo e Lucia » Teresa P. S., Dal «Fermo e Lucia» ai «Promessi Sposi»: riconsiderando il primo capitolo (persona, tempo-spazio e altro), in Sul crinale.Tra lingua e letteratura. Saggi otto-novecenteschi, Firenze, Cesati, 2000, pp. 147-63.
The students will be guided to examine separate important texts in addition to the frontal lessons dedicated to the authors and their literary context. Every student will be guided to prepare a presentation that will consist in collection calaloguing, critical analysis of linguistic data. The presentations will be discussed during the final lessons. Attendance is strongly recommended. Non-attending students will have to contact the professor.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final exam will be an oral interview in wich the student will prove to be able to: 1) know the development of the linguistic issue between the seventeenth and eighteenth century; 2) put the authors and works correctly in the contest of Italian Language History of eighteenth century; 3) identify and remark on the peculiar linguistic features inside the texts using the most appropriate analysis instruments. Oral exam: the evaluation test establishes if students are achieving specific learning goals for the course.
Most relevant criteria for didactic evaluation include:
- Unsatisfactory grade (score <18): lack of basic skills.
- Passing grade (score 18-24): the exam is deemed to be passed with a minimum of 60% of right answers.
- Positive grade (score 24-27): students can certificate a good knowledge of basics; they give good oral exposition and develop critical thinking.
- Excellent grade (score 28-30 cum laude): knowledge of basics and advanced competences. Very good abilities in using specific language; excellent historical knowledge; argumentation consistency.
Nevertheless, interested students can be evaluated by the presentation of a scientific paper. The paper (of no more than 30.000 characters). It must be submitted to the examination board at least one week before the exam.
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