L-OR/07 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

1) Knowledge of the geographical and historical contexts housing the most important testimonies of Semitic languages; 2) groundings of Semitic linguistics in comparative perspective (phonology, morphology, syntax); 3) knowledge of the main research trends in the scholarly discussion on Afro-Asiatic languages; 4) knowledge of the most important script typologies used for Semitic languages. (Dublin Descriptor 1)

Course Structure

Class lectures

Detailed Course Content

Semitic linguistics: history of scholarship, a geographical and historical overview of Semitic languages, models of classification of Semitic languages. The Afro-Asiatic languages. Scripts of Semitic languages.

Textbook Information

- G. Garbini, O. Durand, Introduzione alle lingue semitiche, Paideia, Brescia 1994, pp. 1-73; 131-191.

- F.A. Pennacchietti, ‘Ripercussioni sintattiche in conseguenza dell’introduzione dell’articolo determinativo proclitico in semitico’, «Aula Orientalis» 23 (2005), pp. 175-184.

- P.T. Daniels, ‘Scripts of Semitic Languages’, in R. Hetzron (ed.), The Semitic Languages, Routledge, London-New York 1997, pp. 16-45.

- J. Huehnergard, A.D. Rubin, ‘Phyla and Waves: Models of Classification of the Semitic Languages’, in S. Weninger (ed.), The Semitic Languages: An International Handbook, De Gruyter, Berlin-Boston 2011, pp. 259-278.

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