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

Spring 2009

ITL 383K • STUDIES IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36465 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BEN 1.106
RUSSI

Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to offer an introductory survey of the main phonetic/phonological, morphological and syntactic traits of modern Standard Italian. In addition, the course will discuss sociolinguistic issues such as the status of dialects, Standard language vs. sub-standard, foreign influence, and attitudes toward linguistic borrowing. Although the approach will be essentially synchronic, a diachronic perspective will be adopted for the analysis of some morphosyntactic phenomena that involve the pronominal and the verbal systems. This course will be taught in English.

Grading Policy

Class discussion: 10 % Assignments: 10% Two in-class exams: 20 % each One research paper: 30% One oral presentation: 10%

Texts

A course packet will be used.

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