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First Semester 
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Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The Romance Philology course aims to provide students with a philological-linguistic and literary
knowledge of Romance Languages and Literatures of the Middle Ages in their passage from Latin to Vernacular.
The course is intended to provide:
• the basic knowledge of the Romance Linguistics;
• the tools for the analysis, understanding and interpretation of literary texts, with special attention to the medieval text.

Module A (1st semester, 30 hours)
More specifically, the module A aims to provide the basic knowledge about
• the genesis of the Romance Languages from Vulgar Latin;
• the spoken Latin grammatical structure (Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon);
• the classification of the Romance Languages.


Basic knowledge:
• fundamental concepts of Latin Morphology and Syntax;
• grammatical structures of Italian: Fonology, Morphology, Syntax of Simple and Complex Sentence.

• capacity of comprehension and interpretation for non-Contemporary texts;
• comprehension of relationships between elements of knowledge through synthesis and generalization.


• The genesis of the Romance languages from the vulgar Latin.
• The spoken Latin grammatical structure (Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon).
• Substrate, adstrate and superstrate influences in Latin.

Teaching Methods

Lectures supported by the projection of slides. Exercises about reading manuscripts and production of a critical edition.

Verification of learning

Oral examination.
Students should communicate their learning about:
• genesis of the Romance Languages from Vulgar Latin;
• substrate, adstrate and superstrate influences in Latin;
• peculiarities of the main Romance Languages;
• basic problems of Critical edition of text manuscripts (the Lachmann’s method: the stemma codicum, the significant errors, the choice of variants, the contamination, the diffraction).

Students should be able to present a critical reading of the texts examined during the lectures.
Criteria for evaluation:
• Students should attain their learning goals.
Students are required
• to demostrate skill of comprehension, synthesis, structured communication of acquired knowledge;
• to use discipline-specific terminology;
• to demostrate critical skills in comprehension and application of the main Textual criticism’ principles (text reconstruction and interpretation).
• to demostrate skill of decodification and comprehension of texts examined during the lectures;
• to be able to analyse the language of the text.


C. TAGLIAVINI, Le origini delle lingue neolatine, Bologna, Pàtron, 1972;
– cap. II (Il sostrato preromano): § 14, 16-20, 22, 24-26;
– cap. III (La Romània): § 29-33;
– cap. IV (Il nucleo centrale: il latino);
– cap. V: (Gli adstrati e i superstrati);
– cap. VI: (Le lingue e dialetti neolatini);
– cap. VII (Le più antiche attestazioni delle lingue letterarie): § 75, 76, 78, 81, 84, 85, 87.

M. L. MENEGHETTI, Le origini, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1997, pp. 153-193.

A. STUSSI, Introduzione agli studi di Filologia italiana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1994, capitoli III e IV (pp. 89-154).

Bibliography should be completed using Lecture Notes on complete course and Bibliographic Materials provided during the lectures.

Non-attending students will complete the Bibliography:
FRANCA BRAMBILLA AGENO, L’edizione critica dei testi volgari, Padova, Antenore, 1984, pp. 53-133.

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Students not attending lectures should contact the teacher.

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