The aim of the course is to bring students to deepen their knowledge on the theory of linguistic change and comparative linguistics, making use of the of the results reached by linguistic typology.
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Presentation of the essential notions of the typology, such as the relationship between typology and universals, the notion of 'type' at the various levels of analysis, and the relationship of typology with sociolinguistics, language teaching, areal and genetic comparison. Deepening of the mechanisms and explanations of linguistic change, also from the typological perspective. Special reflection on the concepts of grammaticalization and reanalysis. Case study on the diachronic typology of the perfect.

Core Documentation

Grandi, N., 2003, Fondamenti di tipologia linguistica, Roma, Carocci.
Napoli, M., 2019, Linguistica diacronica, Roma Carocci.

Type of evaluation

The exam consists (1) in the elaboration of a n essay of about 30000 characters on a topic to be agreed with the teacher, starting from those dealt with during the course and (2) in a couple of questions concerning the parts of the program not dealth with in the essay. The essay must be structured in a first part, theoretical in nature, and in a second original part, consisting in the analysis of data collected by the student in relation to the chosen topic. The paper must be handed in to the teacher one week before the chosen date of the exam.