Elements of italian linguistics

lrom1271  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Elements of italian linguistics
5.00 credits
15.0 h + 45.0 h
LFIAL1175, LROM1170
Main themes
Introduction to linguistics and deepening knowledge of grammar 
Learning outcomes

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

1 - 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 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 :
ongoing examination. The students are required to hand a research paper within the first 10 weeks of the semester which will be assessed before the end of the term. The students will then orally present the results of their research. 10 out of 20 are required to access the written examinations.
Lecture [50%]:
  • written exam during the examination sessions on the contents of the lecture
  • Research paper and oral presentation
TP [50%]:
  • continuous assessment of Italian normative grammar during the semester (lesson & grammar)
Second session:
Lecture [50%]
  • written exam during the examination session
  • research paper and oral presentation of the research paper
  • written assessment of Italian normative grammar.
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
Learning outcomes
Minor in Linguistics

Minor in Italian Studies

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General