Anno accademico
2016/2017 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese
Codice insegnamento
LM0360 (AF:212100 AR:113121)
In presenza
Crediti formativi universitari
Livello laurea
Laurea magistrale (DM270)
Settore scientifico disciplinare
II Semestre
Anno corso
The aim of the course is to give a general overview of basic topics in historical linguistics by taking into consideration both the current theoretical debate (for example: selected topics in the history of Early English), as well as its applications in the field of Germanic Philology.

No prerequisites are required. The basic notions necessary to tackle the main topics listed in the content section (see below) will be provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course.
The course consists of two parts:

A) a series of lectures on basic topics in historical linguistics (specifically applied to the Germanic languages, and English in particular);

B) discussion of a specific case-study, namely the Middle English romance "The Tale of Gamelyn". This text is part of the "Canterbury Tales" tradition, and is connected with the Robin Hood ballads.
Chapters 1-6 from:
van Gelderen, Elly. 2014. A History of the English Language. Revised edition. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Students who regularly attend classes are required to study their notes and the compulsory bibliography (see above, "Testi di riferimento").

Students who do not attend classes are required to study the compulsory bibliography (see above, "Testi di riferimento") and the following book for Part B:
The “Tale of Gamelyn” of the “Canterbury Tales”: An annotated edition. By Nila Vázquez. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.

The written exam consists in four (4) open questions, and lasts 90 minutes. Open questions allow to test critical thought, as well as the capacity of mastering the subject.
More specifically:
- Knowledge and understanding: checked through content questions;
- Applying knowledge and understanding: checked through practical exercises, such as translations and linguistic manipulations;
- Making judgements: checked through methodological questions;
- Communication skills: checked through open questions (whether students ommunicate their conclusions clearly and unambiguously, as well as the knowledge and rationale underpinning these);
- Learning skills: evaluation of the students' autonomy of judgement.
Lectures by the teacher.
Students attending "Filologia germanica 2 / Germanic Philology 2" have to prepare PART B) of Germanic Philology 1, as well as hand in a written paper of approximately 20 pages.
  • CFU sostenibili: RI
  • Dispense e materiali di approfondimento e di autovalutazione disponibili online; testi di riferimento in formato e-book