L-FIL-LET/12 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

To convey a knowledge of Italian linguistic history as a history of communicative uses in relation to linguistic, socio-political and literary history, in a European perspective;

To structure the metalinguistic reflection on changes in the phonomorphological, lexical and syntactic system in the transition from Latin to Italian;

To develop basic skills for understanding and linguistic reading of texts.

Course Structure

The course will adopt an interactive approach, aimed at making students aware and therefore applying the "rules" of linguistic and textual use of Italian with full mastery.

In the introductory lessons and in the workshop activities, paths of external and internal linguistic history will be built, with exercises aimed at transmitting metalinguistic skills suitable for a conscious active and passive knowledge of the Italian language.

Detailed Course Content

External linguistic history: evolution from spoken Latin to the Tuscan dialect and the Italian language at all structural levels and in all varieties of use, focusing on the dynamics of italianization in written and oral communication (literature, religion, politics, bureaucracy, mass media) Internal linguistic history: observation of the principal phonetic, lexical and semantic, morphological changes in the passage from Latin to Italian; Grammar and stylistics: inter-relations among the various linguistic levels and analysis of different kinds of literary and non-literary texts.

Textbook Information

A. History of Italian language (5 CFU)


- C. Marazzini, La lingua italiana. Storia, testi, strumenti, Bologna, Il Mulino 2015, pp. 358

- P. D’Achille, Breve grammatica storica dell’italiano, Roma, Carocci, 2019, pp. 138

B. Linguistics of Italian language (3 CFU)


- P. D’Achille, L’italiano contemporaneo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019, pp. 200

C. Language and culture (1 CFU)


- Vincenzo Cannada Bartoli, Antropologia e linguistica, Roma, Carocci, 2009, pp. 116


Reference texts for students who believe they have not completed the prerequisites for the discipline, and reference texts for students, for the purposes of the course activities:


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano