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28/02/19-Cycle of lessons “From use to grammar”

Biblioteca di Studi Letterari e Linguistici, Edificio D3, 3°piano

A. Sansò
Università dell’Insubria

The diachrony of discourse markers

When one looks at the diachrony of discourse markers, one has the impression of a rather chaotic picture.There are various factors contributing to such an impression. On the one hand, the well-known limitations of historical pragmatics (limited access to the context, difficulties in selecting documents mirroring the spoken language, etc.) do not always make research on the emergence of discourse markers an easy enterprise. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly, such an impression might be the result of the specificity of changes involving discourse markers. The question thus is whether there are patterns of change that are typical of discourse markers and that differentiate their emergence from the emergence of other grams. In this talk, I will address some of these patterns by means of examples from Italian and other languages.

Biblioteca di Studi Letterari e Linguistici, Edificio D3, 3°piano

Silvia Dal Negro
Libera Università di Bolzano

Subject expression in contact varieties: spoken Italian, Tyrolean German and Trentino

My contribution, which will take into consideration above all the case of the second person singular, deals with the topic of subject expression  from multiple perspectives. First of all, from a typological-descriptive point of view, the functioning of Italian, German, Tyrolean and Trentino in relation to subject  expression will be taken into account. Secondly, from a variationist point of view, the attention will shift to the distribution of the different forms provided by each system in a spoken corpus, thus verifying the extent of these types in use. Finally, in the perspective of language contact, the concrete context of multilingualism will be taken into account in reconsidering the extent to which grammatical systems are kept apart by multilingual speakers in different speech situations.


Brochure 2019

27/02/19-Identity and memory of the Italian nation. Historiography between continuity and fractures

10:00, Aula Imbucci

Starting from the book Storie d’Italia, by Aurelio Musi (Morcelliana, 2018), the seminar analyzes the complex historiographical elaboration that interprets the centuries-old events of the peninsula, from small states of the old regime to unified Italy. Different visions and lively debates, characterized by continuity and fractures.


Maria Anna Noto

Università degli studi di Salerno

Antonino De Francesco
Università degli studi di Milano
Girolamo Imbruglia
Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”
Aurelio Musi
Università degli studi di Salerno


03/04/19-Cycle of lessons “From use to grammar”

Biblioteca di Studi Letterari e Linguistici, Edificio D3, 3°piano

Cecilia Andorno, University of Torino

Anaphora and deixis in multimodal school discourse

Despite their common indexical nature, and the use of the same linguistic material (demonstratives, pronouns, adverbs), anaphora and deixis lean on quite different semiotic procedures and constitute therefore a favourable perspective in order to show fundamental differences in the way oral and written modality of languages behave (“semantic correlates” of oral and written modality, Voghera 2017). To illustrate this point, we will analyse anaphoric and deictic expressions in school discourse, comparing their use in two texts concerning the same communicative content (the page of a textbook; the oral explanation given by the teacher).

04/04/19-Cycle of lessons “From use to grammar”

Biblioteca di Studi Letterari e Linguistici, Edificio D3, 3°piano

Massimo Cerruti, University of Torino

Sociolinguistics and grammar: variation within the norm

In many parts of Europe, the well-known social changes which have taken place in late modernity have led to the massive spread of the standard language (often to the detriment of local dialects) and a sort of ‘popularization’, or ‘democratization’, of the standard norm; the latter has gradually ceased to be modelled on writing and formal styles and has come to include spoken informal features, as well as low-status and regional traits. This talk focuses on the hallmarks of linguistic features characterizing the new emerging standard varieties of European languages, with particular reference to Italian. These features partly result from grammatical processes which arise naturally and recur in many sub-standard spoken varieties across languages (such as, for instance, conjugation regularization), and are partly due to the contact between local dialects and the standard language. Special attention will be paid to the language-internal forces which seem to act as facilitating factors in determining which features are selected to be part of the standard norm.

Brochure 2019

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