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LE03122634, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MORPHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
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 DAVIDE BERTOCCI L-LIN/01

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 Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: None, but the basic skills in Linguistics are suggested. Please note that most of the bibliography will be in English.
Target skills and knowledge: The goals of the module are to provide the students with
1) the basic notions of the discipline
2) the knowledge of the commonest morphological operations
3) the ability of discuss the position of Morphology in the current theoretical debate
4) the ability of analysing empirical data autonomously
Examination methods: Written exam of max. 2 hours; the task will contain two open questions and three exercises in which the students will be requested to apply on concrete data the topics of the module, or to resolve small problems.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be grounded on:
1) the understanding of the topics of the module
2) the acquaintance with the methodological issues of the discipline
3) the ability of applying abstract notions to empirical and comparative data
4) the ability of building coherent reasoning and of getting independent judgement
Course unit contents: The first part of the module will provide a short introduction to Morphology. In particular we will deal with the basic notions (morpheme, allomorphy etc.) and with the main morphological operations (derivation, inflection, composition). An outline of the main theoretical framework within the generative grammar will be given, with a focus on Distributed Morphology.
The second part of the module will deal with some case studies from Latin morphology, which will be discussed in a diachronic perspective; we will try to evaluate how recent frameworks are able to account for the historical changes which leaded to Latin morphology from the Indo-European system.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures.
Personal work through Moodle.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further informations concerning the bibliography for the exam will be provided on Moodle, together with the slides of the classes and other research material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Scalise, Sergio, e Bisetto, Antonietta, La struttura delle parole. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2008. (tutto) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Thornton, Anna, Morfologia. Roma: Carocci, 2005. capp. 4,5,6,7 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mc Ginnis-Archibald, Martha, Distributed Morphology. --: --, 2016. IN: The Cambridge Handbook of Morphology (ed by A. Hippisley, G. Stump), Cambridge, University Press, 2016 (pp. 390-423)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback

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

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