Learning outcomes of the course unit
To provide students on the one hand with the scientific foundations of the discipline and on the other hand to outline its development from a historical perspective.
Course contents summary
The course is structured in two modules, divided as follows:
Module A (5 learning credits) will deal with the basic concepts of general linguistics, including terminology, and the main communication models, with brief forays into the fields of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.
Module B (5 learning credits) will provide a brief overview of the history of the discipline, from ancient times to the present day, examining its main theories with particular attention to comparative linguistics on the one hand and to the twentieth century on the other.
The course includes seminar-based activities and the preparation of a short written contribution which students may be required to present during the course or seminar hours.
The reading list will be provided during the lessons. The main reference texts include:
Leroy M., Profilo storico di linguistica moderna, Bari: Laterza 2002.
Lepschy G., La linguistica del Novecento, Bologna: Il Mulino 1999.
Saussure F., Course in General Linguistics (any edition).