Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT6010 (AF:210311 AR:99676)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The aim of the course is to provide students with a theoretical framework and reference tools enabling them to develop necessary knowledge for the study of Indo-Aryan linguistics (diachronically and synchronically) and philology.
No preliminar knowledge required. A basic knowledge of English is helpful for the purpose of consulting additional reference sources, such as dictionaries and textbooks/papers on Indo-Aryan linguistics.
The course is divided in two parts. In the first part, students will be presented with fundamental concepts of the three major stages related to the evolution of Indo-Aryan languages (Old-, Middle- and New- (or Modern) Indo-Aryan), with special emphasis on the rich literature representing these diachronic stages and on the sociolinguistics of Indo-Aryan languages during the Middle Indo-Aryan period. Moreover we will pay attention to the main linguistic chianges during Old-, Middle- and New- (or Modern) Indo-Aryan. In the second part of the course we will focus on the history of Hindi language and on its standardization during the 19th and 20th centuries.
1) Piano, S., Dispense di lingua hindī. Appunti del corso istituzionale di Lingue e letterature arie moderne dell’India. Università degli Studi di Torino; versione originale, con integrazioni, aggiornamenti e correzioni (nel corso degli anni) a cura di Alberto Pelissero, Pinuccia Caracchi e Andrea Drocco;
2) Mc Gregor, Ronald S., Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, New Delhi -
Oxford, 1993 (or subsequent editions) (PREFERABLE), oppure Chaturvedi, M. & Tiwari, B., A Practical Hindi English Dictionary, New Delhi, National Publishing, 2004;
3) Burrow, Thomas. The Sanskrit Language. London: Faber & Faber, 1955, only chapter 1 and 2;
4) Masica, Colin P., The Indo-Aryan Languages, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991, only the following chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4 and appendix II;
5) All other material and indications concerning further reading will be provided by the course convenor during classes.
Preparation of short dissertations during term time.
Teaching in classroom.
Students are advised to attend classes regularly during term time.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 03/09/2017