The course aims to present the most important characteristics of the linguistic system at the light of the communicative functions and of their different paradigms, with a theorical and a practical perspective.
The teaching/learning activities seek to develop the knowledge of the linguistic methods of research and, in the same time, the comprehension of the general grammatical, semantic and pragmatic rules of the verbal codes.
The course is divided in three sections:
1. Traits of the analysis and functions: sounds, words and sentences
2. Elements of history of the linguistic thought
3. Texts and examples in context
The students learn to recognize a series of distinctive phenomena of the linguistic families and typologies and, at the end of the course, they will be able in defining and classifying the most relevant aspects and mechanisms of the morpho-syntactic and lexical variation. In particular, considering the three focuses of the lessons, they will know:
-to describe and to compare the grammatical models of diverse periods and schools;
-to develop a contrastive analysis of linguistic classes and categories;
-to indicate the links between grammar, communicative needs and texts.
Work-shops, experiments and surveys complete the lessons face to face for improving a theorical and applied training.
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The course aims to present the most important concepts and patterns of the analysis used to illustrate the elaboration of the words as interactive strategy, communicative processing and tools of knowledge.
The structural elements and the functional schemas of the verbal code are classified on the base of the distinction between phonological, morphological, lexical and syntactic levels. Grace to a short historical excursus on the linguistic studies developed over time, it will be considered the frame of reference of the different explicative paradigms and rules of instantiation.
The course is divided in three parts: 1. Units and rules of analysis; 2. The methodology of the most important approaches; 3. Languages and tv.

Core Documentation

Jackendoff R. Linguaggio e natura umana. Bologna , Il Mulino
Leroy M. Profilo storico della linguistica moderna , editori Laterza o Graffi. G. Breve storia del pensiero linguistico, Bologna Il Mulino.
Catricalà M. Dispensa da Metodologie della ricerca linguistica e altri libri della docente.
Altri brevi saggi o pp. delle fonti primarie saranno forniti in formato digitale.

Type of delivery of the course

Lessons in classroom Laboratory and Work-project activities Slides and presentations on line

Type of evaluation

Test in itinere on knowledge and competence regarding to the first part of the program Final test: written and oral exam on the third part of the program and the individual project -work