12324 - History of the Italian Language (1)

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Riccardo Tesi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Feb 05, 2020 to Mar 13, 2020

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will have a knowledge and understanding of the historical evolution of the Italian language. Students will be able to identify the main turning points that characterise the history of the Italian language, from the grammatical codification in the Sixteenth Century to the most recent developments of “new Italian”. Students will learn to use an historical-linguistic ‘periodisation’, that is different from the standard historical-literary periodisation.

Course contents

Syllabus for students attending classes.
The module (12 credits) is composed of: 1) an introductory part; 2) an in-depth study/ themed part.
Those students who take only the six-credit module are expected to study exclusively the introductory part. The in-depth study/ themed part is reserved for students who take the entire module (12 credits).

1) Fondamenti di storia della lingua italiana.
In addition to the material distributed and discussed in class, students are expected to study the entirety of the main textbook: R. Tesi, Storia dell'italiano. La formazione della lingua comune dalle fasi iniziali al Rinascimento, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2007.
The following materials should be read in preparation for the exam:
G. Ghinassi, Bruno Migliorini e la sua "Storia della lingua italiana", Premessa a B. Migliorini, Storia della lingua italiana, Firenze, Sansoni, 1987 e successive edizioni, pp. vii-xxxviii.
L. Serianni, Sulla lingua degli autori: divagazioni di uno storico della lingua, in Idem, Saggi di storia linguistica italiana, Napoli, Morano, 1989, pp. 9-26.

2) Le lingue del Decameron. Analisi linguistica di alcune novelle sulla base dei più recenti strumenti per lo studio dell'italiano antico.
The main text is: G. Boccaccio, Decameron, a cura di V. Branca, Torino, Einaudi ("Tascabili Einaudi"), 1987 and successive editions.
The specific bibliography regarding this section will be provided in class.
To prepare for this section of the course, students must read the entirety of the second part of the main textbook: R. Tesi, Storia dell'italiano. La lingua moderna e contemporanea, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2005.


Teaching methods

There are no specific entry-requirements for this module. For Erasmus/international students a good knowledge of Italian (written) is requested.

Assessment methods


Students explain the contents of text-books, with particular attention to historical-linguistic aspects. There are no written exams. For Erasmus/international students there is a shortened syllabus that is available online: Prof. Riccardo Tesi’s web page, section “contenuti utili”.

Teaching tools


Texts will be analysed in class by using a projector.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Tesi