cod. 1005918

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

The course Linguistica generale (integrato) – 12 CFU consists of two 6-CFU modules (Linguistica mod. A and Glottologia mod. B) and aims at at an introduction to synchronic linguistics, i.e. the scientific investigation on linguistic processes and description of languages, and at an introduction to the principles of the diachronic evolution of languages, namely historical and comparative linguistics.


No specific requirements.

Course unit content

The course Linguistica generale (integrato) consists of an introduction in the scientific study of languages with a step-by-step both theoretical and practical approach to the state of languages and their historical development, namely the sounds of languages, word-formation and word order, language use and cultural factor, ancient languages analysis and reconstruction of the original language.

Detailed program can be found in the single modules, Linguistica (mod. A) and Glottologia (mod. B) respectively.

Full programme

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1– In-class notes, teaching materials and exercises on Elly2023.
2a– ASTORI, Davide & MUSCIANISI, Domenico Giuseppe. 2022. Quindici lezioni di linguistica. Parma: Athenaeum. ISBN 978-88-32-15850-2.
or as an alternative to the former
2b– BERRUTO, Gaetano & CERRUTI, Massimo. 2022. La linguistica. Un corso introduttivo. 3ª edizione. Torino: UTET. ISBN 978-88-60-08663-1.
3– LURAGHI, Silvia. 2016 [2021]. Introduzione alla linguistica storica. 2ª ed. Roma: Carocci. ISBN 978-88-290-0531-4 + the whole section of exercises.

For the details, see this section in the single module syllabi: Linguistica (mod. A) and Glottologia (mod. B).

Teaching methods

Traditional lecture with in-class and home exercises of analysis and reconstruction. Because the course is both introductory and technical, students are warmly invited to an active participation.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination in a single session for the whole course Linguistica generale (integrato) – 12 CFU: 60 questions (multiple choice) within 70 minutes. The access to the oral part of the examination (2 questions) depends on the written result, that can be reassessed in a range of plus or minus 2 marks, depending on the answers to the oral examination (2 questions):
– less than or equal to 15: no admission.
– marks 16–17: compulsory oral examination.
– equal to or greater than 18: discretionary oral examination.

Other information

Lectures and in-class exercises consist of an occasion for strengthening and self-evaluation of the program. Students who cannot regularly attend lectures can download all the materials from Elly2023 and can autonomously use the textbooks indicated as "further readings" in the bibliography section. Thus, they can take the exam as described in the specific section of this syllabus.

For a complete procedure of access and registering of the exam Linguistica generale (integrato) – 12 CFU, on Esse3 platform, candidates must sign up for both "Scritto – esame parziale" and "Orale – esame con verbalizzazione". Esse3 is just the platform for the bureaucratic procedure, relating to administrative offices, not the instructor/professor. Candidates must be present both to the morning exam summon (written) and to the afternoon summon (oral). At the latter convocation, candidates can express their intentions relating to the registering of the exam: accepting or rejecting the written exam score without making the oral part otherwise making the oral part and then accepting or rejecting the full score (written+oral). In any case candidates can not accept only the written score and reject only the oral one. In any case registering out of the deadlines is not allowed.