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General Linguistics


Wednesday, 23 October 2019 to Friday, 29 May 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 20
Hours of supplementary teaching: 20

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


No prerequisites required. Beginners will be individually supported according to their needs.


The course will address themes related with the multifaceted nature of grammatical structures, as considered both intralinguistically (the complexity of natural language systems), and cross-linguistically (the typological variation of natural languages). The topics discussed will at least include, not necessarily in this order:

-       the different ‘rhythmic’ inclinations of the languages and their variability within the Romance domain;

-       some poorly investigated details of the Italian phonetics;

-       the system of ‘person’ in the Zamucoan languages and its perturbed diachronic evolution;

the so-called ‘nominal tense’ (to be observed in languages that mark temporality on nouns) and its proper definition.


Educational goals:

The classes are intended to arouse the students’ awareness of language complexity, to be further investigated in individually-targeted seminars.

Bibliographical references

Bibliographical suggestions will be provided in the classes.