Elements of italian linguistics

lrom1271  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Elements of italian linguistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h + 45.0 h
Maeder Costantino;
LFIAL1175, LROM1170

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Introduction to linguistics and deepening knowledge of grammar 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • To be able to read, understand and summarise articles on Italian linguistics;
  • To be able to recognise and analyse basic linguistic phenomena which are not included at all in Italian normative grammar, or only to a limited extent;
  • To be able to understand and apply these phenomena;
  • To be able to discuss and make a presentation;
  • To be able to write an essay.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course offers an introduction to the characteristics of modern Italian. In particular, the differences between the standard language and so-called neo-standard, which is in the process of establishing itself, will be analysed. We will cover the freedom of word order in Italian as well as new developments in modes, in the use of verb tenses and in the sequence of tenses.
In the practicals we will review standard grammar, especially verb forms of regular and irregular verbs, verb valency, and the sequence of tenses in standard Italian
Teaching methods
Seminar classes
Practical sessions: exercises
Evaluation methods
First session :
  • written exam during the examinantion sessions on the contents of the lessons
  • oral presentation of a research during the lectures
  • continuous assessment with texts during the course (lesson & grammar)
Second session:
  • written exam during the examination session (lessons & grammar)
  • oral exam (presentation of a research)
Les étudiants seront menés à faire des recherches bibliographiques sur JSTOR et en bibliothèque.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in Italian Studies