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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2006

ITL 396K • Grammaticalization processes in Italian

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35716 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Course Description

After an introductory discussion on grammaticalization (a general diachronic process of morphosyntactic change by which linguistic forms undergo a more or less substantial loss of syntactic independence accompanied by increase of their grammatical function), this course will examine specific grammaticalization processes pertaining to the following:

  • Definite articles
  • Future and conditional; compound tenses
  • Verbs of motion
  • The clitic pronouns system
  • In addition, this course will discuss how grammaticalization stands with respect to and is viewed within traditional (generative based) diachronic linguistics, focusing on two issues which have raised controversy (mostly, although not exclusively, among grammaticalization 'opponents'): (1) the unidirectionality (i.e. irreversibility) of grammaticalization processes, and (2) whether grammaticalization can be considered independently motivated or simply represents an epiphenomenal process.

    Grading Policy

  • Class discussion of reading assignments (25%)
  • Research paper proposal with annotated bibliography (20%)
  • Final research paper (40%)
  • Oral presentations (15%)
  • Texts

  • Readings packet. (required)
  • Heine, Bernd, Ulrike Claudi and Friederike Hünnemeyer. 1991. Grammaticalization: A conceptual framework. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (on reserve)
  • Hopper, Paul, & Elizabeth C. Traugott. 1993. Grammaticalization. Cambridge: CUP. (on reserve)
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