General Linguistics (M) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alfredo Rizza
Alfredo Rizza
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First half of Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Apr 21, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course in General Linguistics, offered for the Master Degree in Tradition and Interpretation of Literary Texts, is designed to:
• Target "consolidation". Strengthen the understanding of the foundations of linguistics, for the professional and cultural training of the figure of the teacher;
• Target "glottological reflection". Synthesize the role of the reflection on language in the history of culture and the contribution to contemporary cultural dynamics from the discipline of language study, its methods, its results, and its new perspectives;
• Target "textus". Introducing text syntax results and methods, starting from the "linguistic" concept of text to concentrate on formal and functional aspects of textuality

The course aims to give the student the ability of a critical use of the concepts and fundamental methods of linguistics for the cultural and professional enrichment of the figure of the intellectual of literary-historical formation.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
• recognize linguistic methods in the analysis of literary and cultural phenomena in general;
• illustrate the basics of languistics;
• know how to apply the acquired knowledge in the course of her/his studying career and in the future.

A knowledge of synchronic and diachronic linguistics at the introductory level is assumed.
It is advisable for those who have never undertaken any linguistic examination to consult the teacher and to use introductory handbooks.


1. Natural language, languages, formal and functional characteristics (natural and internal principles, inter-subjective, social and communicative applications).
2. The structure of the text according to the formal and functional characteristics of language and languages.

(1) Lectures dedicated to the subjects of the course, encouraging active participation of the students with questions and discussions, and providing students interested with readings to be presented to the colleagues during class.
(2) Online tests (e-learning platform) mainly for the target "consolidation".
(3) Non-attending students. Non-attending students are encouraged to contact as soon as possible the teacher who is available to arrange a program as consistent as possible with the targets and ambitions for the attendants and to support the reading and understanding of the material during the preparation.
(4) Attending and non-attending students are encouraged to prepare an individual reading among a choice of “classical of linguistics” for the preparation of the exam. The following list, (entire volumes or only sections), is purely indicative. The teacher is available to agree a reading according to the interests of individual students.

- Boas, F., Introduzione alle lingue degli indiani d'America
- Sapir, E., Il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica
- Morris, C.W., Lineamenti di una teoria dei segni
- Benveniste, É., Problemi di linguistica generale (brani da concordare)
- Chomsky, N., La scienza del linguaggio (brani da concordare)
- Chomsky, N. — Berwick, RC, Perché solo noi. Linguaggio ed evoluzione
- Jakobson, R., Saggi di linguistica generale
- Saussure, F. de, Corso di linguistica generale (brani da concordare)
- Hallyday, M.A.K., Sistema e funzione del linguaggio (brani da concordare)
- Bloomfield, L., Il linguaggio (brani da concordare)
- Graffi, G., Due secoli di pensiero linguistico (brani da concordare)
- Robins, ., Storia della linguistica (brani da concordare)
- Duranti, A., Etnograifa del parlare quotidiano
- Duranti, A., Linguistic Anthropology (brani da concordare)
- Dixon, RMW, Basic Linguistic Theory (brani da concordare)
- Eco, U., Semiotica e filosofia del linguaggio
- Eco, U., Trattato di semiotica generale
- Sbisà, M. (a c. di), Gli atti lingusitici.
- ...

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Rizza, Alfredo Appunti e materiali di linguistica generale forniti a lezione 2017
Conte, Maria Elisabeth Condizioni di coerenza Carocci 1999 9788876943652 approfondimenti avanzati - contattare il docente
Graffi, G. La frase: l’analisi logica Carocci 2012 9788843065820
Graffi, Giorgio e Sergio Scalise Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica Il Mulino, Bologna 2013 9788815241795
Cecilia Andorno Linguistica testuale. Un'introduzione (Edizione 7) Carocci 2015 9788843027484
Simone, R. Nuovi fondamenti di linguistica McGraw-Hill Education 2016 9788838669217
Conte, Maria Elisabeth Vettori del testo Carocci 2010 9788843055999 approfondimenti avanzati - contattare il docente

Assessment methods and criteria

For all students (attending or not attending) the assessment of learning outcomes provides:
• "Tests and assignments in itinere" related to the "consolidation" objectives (very short online test on the e-learning platform) and "glottological reflection" (a short written report on the e-learning platform)
• "Final oral exam" on all subjects of the course, but with particular reference to the objective "textus" and the individual reading of your choice.

• check the status of course learning;
• verify the ability to re-elaborate and deepen.

The exam covers all the topics of the program and is divided into "written tests" and "final oral exam", as indicated above.

The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths, based on the knowledge, the effectiveness and readiness of the answers, the language property.

For Erasmus students, the teacher is available to clarify the how to prepare the exam.

Statistics about transparency requirements (Attuazione Art. 2 del D.M. 31/10/2007, n. 544)

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