Advanced reflection on some theoretical and methodological issues concerning linguistic analysis, with particular reference to information structure, discourse categories and interface analysis. The course addresses the student towards novel and original paths of research, in a comparative perspective, and provides the relevant theoretical knowledge and the appropriate diagnostic instruments for individual investigation on information-structural issues.
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Fruizione: 20710498 LINGUISTICA GENERALE C LM in Lingue moderne per la comunicazione internazionale LM-38 CERBASI DONATO


Textbook: Edith A. Moravcsik, “Introducing Language Typology”, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Chapter 1 - What is language typology? Goals, Tools (Statement types, Language samples, Data Sources).
Chapter 2 – Lexical typology (Introduction, Words for body parts, Kinship terms, Personal pronouns, Words for numbers, Antonymic adjectives, Words for colors).
Chapter 3 – Syntactic typology (Introduction, The choice of words and word forms, The order of words, Syntactic categories).
Chapter 4 – Morphological typology (Introduction, The choice of morphemes and morpheme forms, The order of morphemes, Morphological categories).
Chapter 6 – Historical change (The Genesis of articles, Word order change).

Core Documentation

Edith A. Moravcsik, “Introducing Language Typology”, Cambridge University Press, 2013. The paperback edition is cheaper. Chapters 5 and 7 are excluded; chapter 6 must be studied only until page 209.

Type of delivery of the course

Traditional classes in Italian language.

Type of evaluation

Written exam (three open-ended questions; time: 70 minutes). Oral exam on Teams (in September 2020) only if specifically requested by the student for reasons related to the pandemic.