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SUP5070977, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0610, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PRAGMATICS
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SARA GESUATO L-LIN/12

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/01 Glottology and Linguistics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GESUATO SARA (Presidente)
POLETTO CECILIA (Membro Effettivo)
4 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GESUATO SARA (Presidente)
POLETTO CECILIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge is required. However, students are expected to show: interest in communicative practices, perceptiveness, critical thinking, willingness not to take interactional motivations and goals for granted. Students are expected to actively participate in the course by discussing their own communicative experience in class and to keep up with the assignments.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to enable students to
Learn key concepts in pragmatics;
Become aware of the linguistic resources for intentionally and conventionally conveying meaning;
Understand some of the mechanisms accounting for the encoding and decoding of meaning in text and context;
Identify possible correlations between linguistic expressions and their context of use;
Plausibly account for the theoretical-practical interpretive analysis of contextualized linguistic expressions
Examination methods: Attenders:
Either 1) a 2-hour-long written test with 12 open-ended questions
Or 2) a term paper reporting in detail the design, realization, findings and implication of a pragmatics project individually carried out by the students, whose topic and goal requires the lecturer’s prior approval

Attending students who choose to write a term paper are expected to discuss their proposed research project with the lecturer during office hours, and to obtain her approval (of its topic, goal and design) at least 2 months before submitting the term paper (holiday time excluded). This will require 2 individual meetings.

a written test with 12 open-ended questions
Assessment criteria: i) For the term paper (attenders only): motivation, value, design and critical discussion of the findings of the research project and accuracy, thoroughness, precision, register-appropriateness and coherence of its report.
ii) For the written exam: knowledge of the topics covered in class and in the course material; showing understanding of the concepts and methods presented; ability to apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of texts; ability to recognise and classify the phenomena explained in class and in the course material; ability to argue for, motivate and provide evidence supporting one’s interpretation; ability to think logically, analytically and critically; ability to convey information in line with the maxims of Grice’s Cooperative Principle of Conversation.
Course unit contents: The course will cover the following topics: deixis; context; inferences; the cooperative principle; politeness; (extended) speech acts; morphopragmatics; conversational structure; variational pragmatics. It will also cover one or more of the following: la pragmatica storica; corpus pragmatics; variational pragmatics; cross-cultural and L2 pragmatics; grammaticalization-lexicalization; developmental pragmatics; pragmatic disorders; pragmatic markers.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1) Teacher-fronted lessons with ample opportunities for discussion; 2) pair- and group- work activities. 3) Attendance is highly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material comprises the chosen coursebooks/chapters, the texts and resources made available during the course on the Moodle platform, the videos accessible through Mediaspace and lecture notes for attenders. Lecture PPTs and further readings will be uploaded onto the Moodle platform as well.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Andorno, Che cos’è la pragmatica linguistica,. Roma: Carocci, 2005. obbligatorio Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Grundy, Doing Pragmatics. London: Hodder, 2008. 3rd edition; consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Grundy, D. Archer, The pragmatics reader. London: Routledge, 2011. consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Bazzanella, Linguistica e pragmatica del linguaggio: un’introduzione. Roma: Laterza, 2008. consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Cutting, Pragmatics. A resource book for students.. London: Routledge, 2015. consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • V. Bamgini, Il cervello pragmatico. Romaq: Carocci, 2017. obbligatorio (pp. 1-75) Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. De Marco, Sociopragmatica. Roma: Editori Riuniti, 2010. obbligatorio (capp. 2-4) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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