Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM8010 (AF:381907 AR:208336)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course is designed for students enrolled in the Master course in Language Sciences. [LM5] SCIENZE DEL LINGUAGGIO - Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
The aim of this course is both theoretical and practical. Beside the presentation and discussion of the most important theoretical notions in generative and minimalist grammar, the students will receive teaching about research methods in Linguistics. The students will be required to show that they can use the theoretical notions in their own work, autonomously and creatively. the main topic of the course concerns the relationships between utterances and contexts, in particular special questions, the expression of feelings such as surprise and disapproval.
1. Knowledge and comprehension
Knowledge and understanding of the main properties connected with the interpretation of utterances cin specific contexts.
2. Ability of applying competence and comprehension
Being able to use the formal linguistic analysis instruments to describe the temporal and aspectual properties of utterances.
3. Judgment abilities
Showing of being able to develop hypotheses about the topics discussed in the classes.
4. Communicative abilties
to be able to write about the analyzed issues and to explain the basic hypotheses to the peer group.
5. learning abilities
to be able to identify and discuss the critical points with respect to written texts and specific linguistic varieties.
Basic notions in generative linguistics.
In this course the following topics will be discussed:
- The role of the speaker in the interpretation of utterances
- The syntax-pragmatics interface
- The expression of emotions: syntax, prosody and gestures in sentences expressing surprise and disapproval.
- Micro-discourses.
- Syntax, prosody and gestures of warnings and interjections

Selected pages from the following texts:
Giorgi, 2010, About the Speaker, Oxford University Press-
Giorgi ,2016, On the temporal interpretation of certain surprise questions in SPRINGERPLUS, vol. 5
Giorgi, Alessandra; Sorrisi, Fabrizio, 2018, An Evaluative Head in Romance: The Palermitan Verbal Affix -vu in ANNALI DI CA' FOSCARI. SERIE OCCIDENTALE, vol. 52
Giorgi, Alessandra, 2018, Discourse, sentence grammar and the left periphery of the clause , Further Advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, Springer, vol. 18, pp. 153-175
Giorgi, Alessandra, 2018, Ma non era rosso? (But wasn’t it red?): On counter-expectational questions in Italian , Selected papers from the 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Stony Brook, NY, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Convegno: Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages
the students will be asked to write a short essay on a topic connected to those discussed in the course. the topic should be agreed upon at least a month before the examination. The essay must be sent to the professor at least 3 days before the examination date. On the examination day the student will present the essay to the professor and the other students (10-15 min.). The student can prepare a .ppt or a handout.
traditional classes.
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 06/07/2022