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

Fall 2005

ITL 383K • STUDIES IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35380 MW
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 2.106C
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 in sociolinguistic issues such as the status of dialects, Standard language vs. sub-standard, foreign influence, attitude towards 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.

Grading Policy

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

Texts

Required: Clivio, Gianlorenzo P., and Marcel Danesi. 2000. The sounds, forms, and uses of Italian: an introduction to Italian linguistics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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