L-OR/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Knowledge of the geographical and historical contexts housing the most important testimonies of Semitic languages; groundings of Semitic linguistics in comparative perspective (phonology, morphology, syntax); knowledge of the main currents of thought in the scholarly discussion on Afro-Asiatic languages; knowledge and development of basic skills in reading and analyzing the most important script typologies used for Semitic languages.

Detailed Course Content

1) Semitic linguistics (3 CFU): 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.

2) First encounter with Semitic languages (3 CFU): samples of texts and scripts.

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.

- G. Bergsträsser, Introduction to the Semitic Languages, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake 19952 (translation of the German edition of 1928, notes, bibliography and appendix by P.T. Daniels), pp. 38-41, 67-68, 97-98, 132-133.

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