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 is divided in three parts:
1. Fundamental patterns and definitions of the discipline
-The languages as codes: descriptions, metaphors and representations
-The units of analysis: from the sounds to the texts
-The norms: from that systemic to that sociolinguistic
-The functions: from that communicative to that pragmatic
-The variables: time and spaces
2. Short excursus on the origins of the Linguistic Science and its sectors
3. Nouns, names and naming: definitions, classifications and psed o-names

Core Documentation

Catricalà M., Forme parole e norme, Franco Angeli
Capitoli da Catricalà M. et alii, Metodologia della ricerca linguistica, dispensa

On the History of Linguistics
G. Graffi Due secoli di pensiero linguistico. Dai primi dell'Ottocento a oggi, Carocci
Leroy M. Profilo storico della linguistica moderna. Con appendice di Tullio De Mauro, Laterza
Catricalà M. Linguistica e vaghezza: il caso di -pseudo, Il Calamo

For the foreign students Yule G, The study of language

Type of delivery of the course

The lessons will be in the classroom 2. Pawer point presentations will be available on line


Frquency of lessons is suggested

Type of evaluation

The evaluation of the first and the second part will be realized through a test. For the naming and pseudo , it will be realized in consideration of the results of an individual reserch