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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21St Street, B7600, HRH 2.114A, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2007

ITL 396K • Morpho-Syntax in Italian

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38095 MW
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 2.106C
RUSSI, C

Course Description

Morphosyntactic features of southern Italian dialects

Empirically (textually) based comparative/contrastive introduction to distinctive morphosyntactic features of southern Italian dialects. The general approach will be essentially synchronic. However, specific phenomena pertaining to the pronominal and the verbal systems will be analyzed from a diachronic perspective as well. As for theoretical orientation, although the course will overall maintain a neutral (i.e., descriptive) orientation, the readings will include material from both functionalist (cognitive) oriented frameworks and the formalist tradition.

The main topics of study will include:
   (Neuter) gender and number in the nominal system
        Metaphony
   Personal pronouns
        Prepositional accusative
   Possessives
   Comparative constructions
   Auxiliaries and modals
        Periphrastic structures
        Auxiliary selection
   Complementizers
   Sociolinguistic issues
        the current status of dialects
   popular cases of prestige explosion (e.g., Andrea Camilleri & Sicilian)

COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY.

Grading Policy

- Class discussion 20%
- Two exams 20% each
- One research paper 30%
- One oral presentation 10%

NOTA BENE: Since the course will be conducted seminar-style, students are required to complete the reading assignments as listed in the syllabus and expected to participate actively to the class discussion.

Texts

Course packet. (required)

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