HISTORY OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The monographic course will revolve around an analysis of Hesiod’s language, with particular reference to The Works and Days. A part of the lectures will be dedicated to the history of Greek language studies, beginning from classical times.
The main objective is the acquisition of solid skills related to the history of Greek dialects from the archaic period (with a close examination of the Mycenaean period) until the formation of the “common language” and its Byzantine and modern developments, with special reference to literary languages.
Students are presented with literary and documentary texts from the epigraphic, papyrus and book traditions, to provide them with an exhaustive illustration of linguistic phenomena.
An important requirement for attending the course is the knowledge acquired during the courses taught by Professor Gabriele Burzacchini, i.e. 12952 - Greek Literature I (10 learning credits), 13060 - Greek Literature (Module A, 5 learning credits), 16439 - Greek Literature (Module B, 5 learning credits) and by Professor M. Magnani, 19934 - Greek Literature II (Module B, 5 learning credits) for degree course 0243, Literary Civilisations and History of Civilisations.
Course contents summary
Course title: The Language of Hesiod.
Monographic part: the reading list will be provided during the course.
General part: A.C. Cassio (edited by), Storia delle lingue letterarie greche, Florence (Le Monnier) 2008; O. Hoffmann-A. Debrunner-A. Scherer, Storia della lingua greca, I-II, Italian edition edited by F. Bonino, with introduction by M. Gigante, Naples (Macchiaroli) 1969, or A. Meillet, Lineamenti di storia della lingua greca, Italian translation by D. Lanza, Turin (Einaudi) 2003, or V. Pisani, Manuale storico della lingua greca, Brescia (Paideia) 19732; also see the summary by K. Strunk – R. Browning, Storia della lingua greca in H.-G. Nesselrath (ed.), Introduzione alla filologia greca, Italian edition by Sotera Fornaro, presentation by L. Canfora, Rome 2004. Also the following are recommended for consultation: P. Chantraine, Morphologie historique du grec, Paris (Éditions Klincksieck) 19612, L. Heilmann, Grammatica storica della lingua greca, con Cenni di sintassi stor ica di A. Ghiselli, Turin (SEI) 1963 (Enciclopedia classica, II, V/3), M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, Paris (Éditions Klincksieck) 1972 (for phonetics and historical morphology); Y. Duhoux, Introduzione alla dialettologia greca antica, Italian translation by F. De Martino, Bari (Levante) 1986; L. Bottin, Testi greci dialettali, Padua (Imprimitur) 2000 (for dialectology); P. Szemerényi, Introduzione alla linguistica indoeuropea, edited by G. Boccali-V. Brugnatelli-M. Negri, Milan (Unicopli) 1985, W.P. Lehmann, La linguistica indoeuropea. Storia, problemi e metodi, Italian translation by F.A. Leoni, Bologna (Il Mulino) 1999 (for Indo-European).
Teaching methods are based on classroom lectures, but may at times take the form of seminars. Lectures are accompanied by tutorial sessions.
Assessment consists of an oral exam to ascertain that the course goals have been attained.