Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0219 (AF:294256 AR:160976)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The course develops the knowledge and skills acquired by students in the course of "Fundamentals of Linguistics", focusing its themes on Italian as a Romance language; in this sense, (a) provides the basic elements for the placement of Italian in the context of the history of Romance languages, (b) and focuses in particular on the fundamental notions of linguistic variation in synchrony (languages / dialects, linguistic geography) and in diachrony (notions of historical grammar).
1. Knowledge
- knowledge of the basic facts of the historical evolution of the Italian language, in the context of other Romance languages;
- knowledge of the methodological principles of historical linguistics and geolinguistics;
- knowledge of the main digital tools (database) related to the diachronic study of the Italian language.
2. Skills
- awareness of the differential nature of linguistic facts in synchrony (language / dialects, written / spoken) and in diachrony (variation over time);
- ability to apply, in concrete and specific cases, the theoretical-methodological tools of historical linguistics;
- ability to set the description of linguistic facts in problematic form.
It is preferable to attend the course after having attended that of "Fundamentals of Linguistics"; a good knowledge of the Italian language and at least an elementary knowledge of the Latin language may be of great help.
(a) An Introduction to linguistic analysis;
(b) linguistic variation in synchrony (languages and "dialects"),
(c) Origins of the Romance languages: from Latin in Imperial Age to the early vernacular documents;
(d) Tuscan scripta and other in medieval Italy.
L. Renzi and A. Andreose, "Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza", Bologna, il Mulino, 2003 (selected chapters);
A. Varvaro, "Il latino e la formazione delle lingue romanze", Bologna, il Mulino, 2014.
Texts and materials posted on line.
1. Students attending the course.
The examination focuses on the content of classroom lessons and on subjects extracted from bibliography; in particular:
(a) the history of the change of the Latin language from the imperial age to the Carolingian period;
(b) the basic concepts of Romance Linguistics;
(c) the cultural-linguistic analysis of Italian and Romance texts in the first Centuries.
2. Students who do not attend the course.
Specific programs are planned for students who can not attend the course; they are provided by the teacher after a personal interview during the reception hours of the students.
The teaching will take place according to the traditional form of the frontal lesson.
The course must be considered as preparatory to History of Italian Language and Romance Philology.

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it.

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Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 23/05/2018