69391 - Italian Linguistics

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  • Teacher Fabio Atzori

  • Credits 12

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Dec 17, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students know and are able to use the terms and concepts underpinning the Italian Linguistics appropriately. Students are also able to describe Italian according to the different levels of linguistic analysis, use the dedicated tools of the linguistic research (historical, etymological dictionaries, etc.) also electronic ones.

Course contents

Module 1 focuses primarily on the lexicon, in its quantitative and qualitative aspects. Special attention will be devoted to tools (historical, etymological dictionaries, etc.) also electronic ones (GRADIT, LIZ, Primo Tesoro della Lingua Letteraria Italiana del Novecento, etc.) and databases.

Module 2 presents a general overview of Italian, in its range of varieties, with analysis of specimen texts belonging to different periods and text-typologies.



1. L. Serianni, G. Antonelli, Manuale di linguistica italiana. Storia, attualità, grammatica, Milano, Pearson, 2017 (new edition).

2. V. Della Valle, Dizionari italiani: storia, tipi, struttura, Roma, Carocci, 2005.

3. L. Serianni, Italiani scritti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012 (new edition).

4. Teaching material uploaded on the e-learning platform Virtuale.

Non-attending students will read also:

G. Adamo, V. Della Valle, Le parole del lessico italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2018 (new edition).

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops.

Assessment methods

The course only envisages a written exam for both non-attending and exchange students (Erasmus and other types of exchanges). The test will be held in the IT laboratory and consist in two parts: 1) multiple-choice test; 2) open-ended questions.

Only students who pass part 1 – the result of which will be immediately communicated – can take part 2 that will be held after the first part.

The final evaluation will consist in the sum of the results obtained in the two parts. For part 1) each correct answer is worth 1 point; for part 2) each answer is evaluated from 0 to 3 points, based on: relevance to the question, synthesis ability, linguistic accuracy.

The final text aims at assessing:

- the knowledge of the basic concepts of the Italian Linguistics and its terminology;

- the ability to recognise and describe the structure and typology of the lexicographic tools;

- the ability to analyse texts belonging to the different periods, text-typologies and varieties of the Italian language.


Teaching tools

Online IT tools and databases will be used.

Office hours

See the website of Fabio Atzori