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Spring 2013-2014
* ITA 318 (LA)  

History of the Italian Language

Fiorenza A. Weinapple

This course will deal with the development of the Italian language from the Early Middle Ages to the present. Special attention will be given to the passage from Latin to Italian from the 10th to the 14th century; to the fundamental "Questione della lingua" in the 16th-century; the establishment of Italian literary language; the problems of Standard Italian versus dialects; and the influence of foreign languages (mainly American English) in the 20th and 21st century.

Sample reading list:
M. Durante, Dal Latino all'Italiano moderno
Dante Alighieri, De Vulgari Eloquentia (selections)
Pietro Bembo, Prose della Volgar Lingua (selections)
A. Gramsci, Letteratura e Vita Nazionale (selections)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
30-50 pages of reading per week and two 5-page papers. Take-home final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41182 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:10 Limit:15