L-OR/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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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. Goldenberg, Semitic Languages: Features, Structures, Relations, Processes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 1-57, 115-139, 199-215.

- J. Huehnergard, ‘Semitic Languages’, in J.M. Sasson (ed. in chief), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East (Simon & Schuster Macmillan: New York, 1995), pp. 2124-2128.

- G. Garbini, O. Durand, Introduzione alle lingue semitiche (Brescia: Paideia, 1994), pp. 153-176.

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


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