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Second semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aims to provide students with notions of a higher level relative to linguistics (reflecting on the more traditional contents from a particular point of view which is the interlinguistic one), in the frame of the descriptors of Dublin still focused for the LT course.


a basic linguistic formation as a LT course.

Course contents summary

The course for 'Interlinguistics' will develop on three main streams: 'contact', 'planning', 'creativity'. Each one will be presented as a sort of module, with an initial theoretical introduction to the phenomenon and a series of examples which illustrate the more concrete implications. About these ones, in relation to the first one will show aspects of contact and interference between languages ​​(from the semantic or structure point of view), dedicating a minimum space also to Yiddish, emblematic in its nature of 'Mischungsprache'; in relation with the second, we will initially reflect on the planning processes (the Ladin and Sardinian realities will be the natural context of the presentation), and, after a classification of artificial languages, some more interesting projects will be reviewed (for example, a musical language such as the Solresol, or the Europanto by Diego Marani, or even Esperanto), and at least one lesson will be devoted to the problems related to the linguistic situation in a European Union in search of vehicular languages ​​(in a debate that is divided between ecology and linguistic democracy); the third will deal with creations for artistic use (in literature, in cinema, etc.). There will also be an in-depth analysis of the relationship between language and identity, a subject re-read in the light of a deliberately "heterodox" approach (in the sense of André Martinet's successful definition of "Interlinguistics" in 1989 as "the heterodox branch of Linguistics"). Then there is the intention to invite some external experts. As an introduction read:

Recommended readings

D. Astori, "Interlinguistica. Pianificazione, creatività, contatto", Athenaeum, Parma 2019. D. Astori, Homaranismo. Un credo “neutrale – umano” per ilmondo, UniNova, Parma 2021.
More bibliography will be given during the lessons.

Teaching methods

mostly frontal lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

This test is performed with single exam at the end of the course. They are established in both the foreground as to discipline both capacita'discorsive and argumentative student.
For the assessment questions on the different parts of the program are intended to verify:
- The proper critical understanding of the features and the main hubs of discipline and distance covered;
- The ability to collect data and interpret them critically, and formulate judgments and self-motivated on them and on the socio-cultural context in which they occur;
- The ability to develop clear cross paths.

Evaluation criteria:
- Clear description, of language, ability to rework content, ability to interdisciplinary links, use of specialized vocabulary, relevant answers than questions.

Sufficiency will be reached in the event of a correct answer to 60% of the questions in respect of the above criteria.

About the distribution of the overall score of the vote, up to 8 points are related to the knowledge of the text of Saussure, up to 8 to the indicated volume, up to 8 to the programme discussed in class; you will earn up to 3 points with an (optional) paper agreed with the teacher during the course, and up to 3 will be gained through the interaction within the classroom activities.

Other informations

who never gave a basic 'general linguistics' examinsation, please contact the professor before the beginning of the course.