cod. 13074

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
- Donatella MARTINELLI
Academic discipline
Linguistica italiana (L-FIL-LET/12)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit


Learning objectives

Specialist Course of Italian Language’s History will provide the students an approach to the linguistic general questions and to several important texts (most of all being literary), and will promote the use of historical grammatic and dictionary, specialistic bibliography, concordances and online resources.


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Course unit content

The course encompasses both an introductive/general section and a monographic section focused on the "Linea Lombarda".
In the general section the students will be provided with a comprehensive overview on the most significant milestones of the historical linguistic across XXth century and with a monographic section on Milanese literature between XIXth and XXth century.
In order to mark the centenary of the death of Carlo Porta, the aforementioned monographic section is focused on the so-called "Linea Lombarda" (Porta, Manzoni, Gadda)

Full programme

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P. V. Mengaldo, Il Novecento, in Storia della lingua italiana a cura di F. Bruni, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014
G. Antonelli, Il Museo della lingua, Milano , Mondadori, 2018

Teaching methods

The students will be guided to examine separate important texts in addition to the frontal lessons dedicated to the authors and their literary context. Every student will be guided to prepare a presentation that will consist in collection calaloguing, critical analysis of linguistic data. The presentations will be discussed during the final lessons. Attendance is strongly recommended. Non-attending students will have to contact the professor.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exam will be an oral interview in wich the student will prove to be able to: 1) know the development of the linguistic issue between the seventeenth and eighteenth century; 2) put the authors and works correctly in the contest of Italian Language History of eighteenth century; 3) identify and remark on the peculiar linguistic features inside the texts using the most appropriate analysis instruments. Oral exam: the evaluation test establishes if students are achieving specific learning goals for the course.
Most relevant criteria for didactic evaluation include:
- Unsatisfactory grade (score <18): lack of basic skills.
- Passing grade (score 18-24): the exam is deemed to be passed with a minimum of 60% of right answers.
- Positive grade (score 24-27): students can certificate a good knowledge of basics; they give good oral exposition and develop critical thinking.
- Excellent grade (score 28-30 cum laude): knowledge of basics and advanced competences. Very good abilities in using specific language; excellent historical knowledge; argumentation consistency.
Nevertheless, interested students can be evaluated by the presentation of a scientific paper. The paper (of no more than 30.000 characters). It must be submitted to the examination board at least one week before the exam.

Other information

If interested in particular research projects, students can also request specific bibliography.