ITL 396K • Morpho-Syntax in Italian
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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
Auxiliaries and modals
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.
- 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.
Course packet. (required)