2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ITAL2025 Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy
20 creditsClass Size: 15
Module manager: Dr Gigliola Sulis
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsKnowledge of Italian A2/B1 level in CEFR
|ITAL1010||Ital Language, Level 1|
|ITAL1030||Beginners Italian 1|
|ITAL1035||Beginners Italian 2|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|ITAL2026||Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy|
This module is approved as a discovery module
This module is approved as a skills discovery module
Module summaryWould you like to find out why well over half of Italians speak local dialects, both within the family and outside it? Are you curious about linguistic changes related to space, time, social class, and gender?This course will help you to recognise the varieties of language used in Italy today, and to understand the historical causes of this variety.You will learn about the differences between informal and formal Italian; the recent emergence of a new, less formal standard; the formation of regional Italians (the variations from region to region in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary); the evolution of the use of tu, voi and Lei; the roots and the changing use of the dialects of Italy, as well as of the linguistic features that distinguish one dialect from another.The second part of the module will address varieties of Italian used in specific sectors ('sectional' languages), such as youth language, the language of advertising, the language of newspapers, bureaucratic Italian, the language of politics, Italian in TV, cinema songs. Also gender issues in relation to Italian language will be debated.This module is taught with weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars, in semester 1 and 2. It is suitable for students with previous knowledge of the Italian language and a strong interest/curiosity in the connection between language and society.
Objectives- To provide an introduction to the analysis of varieties of languages used in modern Italy
- To provide, through the analysis of the language, an awareness of the social and economic life of contemporary Italy
- To improve students' linguistic skills
- To prepare students for term/year spent abroad
On completion of the module, students should have a knowledge and understanding of language in use in modern Italy, including formal, informal, and regional varieties of the standard; dialects; and sectional languages.
They should also have an understanding of the historical causes of linguistic variety and standardisation in Italy.
Students should be able to discuss these topics critically in writing and orally.
The module will focus on the language used in speech and writing in modern Italy, and it will cover the following topics:
- Causes of linguistic variety and unity in Italy
- Types of Italian: Informal and formal Italian, Regional Italian, Pronouns of Address, Neostandard Italian
- Dialects of Italy: Morphology and syntax of dialects, Changing Uses of Italian and Dialects
- Sectional languages: Youth language, Italian in Advertising, The Language of newspapers and the mass media, The language of politics/politicians
- Gender issues
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||170.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackModule blog: Students contribute regularly to the module blog, and they receive formative feedback on it in class.
Seminar presentations: Students are expected to give one oral presentation in seminars, on which they receive oral feedback.
Other individual feedback is given by the tutor to students at office hours.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||2 x 1,000-word commentary||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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