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

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23/04/19-A new edition of the ‘De re uxoria’ by Francesco Barbaro

Biblioteca Dipsum, Edificio D3, III piano

Prof. Claudio Griggio
Università di Udine

Prof. Sebastiano Martelli
Università degli Studi di Salerno


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23/03/19-The project concerning the sacred aspects of the Italian literature is now concluded

Biblioteca di Studi Linguistici e Letterari

Tiziana Piras
Università di Trieste

Rosa Giulio

The publication of the volume La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. VI. Dalla Controriforma all’Età napoleonica, Brescia, Morcelliana, edited by me, has concluded the twenty year-long project about the sacred aspects of the Italian literature coordinated by Piero Gibellini. I joined in that research since its beginning with the study of the classical myth in the literature (6 volumes), investigating the connections between Montale’s poetry and the classical myth, and with the study of the sacred Scriptures (6 volumes), deepening the interpretation that Leopardi made of the Bible.


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06/03/19-Bearded women, laughing stocks, dandies and other “absurde people”: the “funny characters” of Montale

Aula Paparelli/Placanica
Seminar of Francesco Sielo

The poems and above all the montaliane prose are crossed by innumerable strange characters, evidence of an author’s research for all that, coming out from the plot of the ordinary, can be enriched with a symbolic “supersense”.
These characters come to be almost like alternatives to the “angiole” of the poetry before Satura: an alternative, however, never fully affirmed.

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28/02-01/03/19-Genealogy and morphology of the “extravagant” character

Aula Nicola Cilento
edited by MOD (Italian society for the study of literary modernity)

We will do a research on the eccentric characters, out of the norm, unpredictable, who have populated a lot of twentieth century literature (and not only).
The weirdo is a leading actor, a participant in literary modernity, difficult to pigeonhole in a statute (escapes the categories of Genette), as, instead, happens, with relative simplicity, for the character-fool or the character-stupid.

28/02, 14.30


Magnifico Rettore Università di Salerno
Direttrice DipSUm
Presidente della Mod


EPIFANIO AJELLO, Università di Salerno
Una possibile premessa

ROSA GIULIO, Università di Salerno
ENRICO TESTA, Università di Genova
Strambo: la parola e qualche personaggio
GIORGIO PATRIZI, Università del Molise
Da Margutte a Guizzardi, passando per Sterne. Stramberie
e metaletteratura
Pausa caffè

BRUNO FALCETTO, Università di Milano
GIORGIO SICA, Università di Salerno
American Dust. La stramba ironia di Richard Brautigan
GIULIO IACOLI, Università di Parma
Caratteri inammabili. Sulla matrice cinematograca della «mattolica» celatiana
01/03, 09.00


FRANCO CONTORBIA, Università di Genova
Tre almanacchi del ‘59 – ’60

NICCOLÒ SCAFFAI, Università di Losanna
Stile e nevrosi di un narratore strambo: sul “Male oscuro”
di Giuseppe Berto

CLELIA MARTIGNONI, Università di Pavia
Stramberia e lunaticità in Raaello Baldini

Pausa caffè


MARCO ANTONIO BAZZOCCHI, Università di Bologna
ENZA DEL TEDESCO, Università di Trieste
Lo strano caso di Ferdinando Uzeda, detto il Babbeo

Università di Caen-Normandia
Strambo o “farfelu?” Il Ramondès di Alberto Vigevani tra
gallolia e turbe identitarie


14/03/19-Cycle of lessons “From use to grammar”

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

E. Calaresu
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Dialogue strategies to reactivate shared knowledge and introduce a new topic: the exemplary case of «(do you have) present X?» And «do you know X?»

In this presentation I will discuss some conversational routes of two Italian expressions (“(hai) presente X?” and “Sai X?”) and how they can grammaticalize into two different types of markers (topic-introducer markers and meta-knowledge parenthetical markers). I will especially dwell upon their function of introducing new topics in conversation, and argue the need of critically re-thinking both the (too often taken for granted) relations between topic and referent, and the rather too simplistic clear-cut divide between sentence-topic and discourse-topic.


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

Maria Elena Favilla
Dipartimento di Educazione e Scienze Umane, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Repetitions and resonance in class discussions

The presentation will be devoted to analyzing repetitions in class discussions and in other conversations between primary school pupils and their teachers, with the aim of discussing some first data on the presence and role of repetition in children’s conversations and of investigating the relations between repetition and cognitive and psycholinguistic factors (in particular, priming effects) which may facilitate repetition and, therefore, determine or condition this type of functional correlate. Repetition will be considered in the perspective of Du Bois’ dialogic syntax, as generating “dialogic resonance” between the utterances produced during an interaction, with the effect of activating affinities across the utterances and of linking them “along multiple dimensions of linguistic form and meaning” (Du Bois 2014).

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07/03/19-I lincei per la scuola/4 – From inferences to comprehension of texts

Aula P1- “Guido Sodano”, Facoltà di Scienze MM.FF.NN., Edificio F3, piano 1


Grazia Basile

Fabiana Rosi

The aim of this talk is to focus on some nodal aspects of the process of understanding a text.
As linguistic and psycholinguistic studies have shown, it is not a linear (or cumulative) process, given by the simple comprehension of a sequence of sentences. In order to have an effective understanding of a text, linguistic knowledge must be complemented by a series of basic knowledge or knowledge of the world that allows to attribute meaning to information.
In this regard, a crucial role is played by inferences, operations that can ensure local coherence in the development of the representation of the meaning of the text.
In the laboratory activity will be considered some types of text (narrative, regulatory, descriptive-expositive, etc.) to see how, depending on the textual types, the inferences are diversified and put the reader in front of different tasks.
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27/03/19-Atlantic Revolutions

12:00-14:00, Sala CIRC

Prof.ssa. Andrea Cadelo
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana/Colombia

This research explores nation-building in Latin America with a focus on the interplay between race and environment. By tracing connections between national and geo-graphical narratives, it seeks to make a contribution towards a better understanding of the ways in which conceptualisations of geography in Latin America have informed and often overlapped with theories and practices of race. The four articles reach two interconnected conclusions. Firstly, they show the multiple links between cultural, environmental and biological racism, enlarging and deepening our understanding ofthe idea of race and the extent of its performative value for discourses on the nation. In postcolonial Latin America, this process was marked by hybrid intellectual traditions resulting from crossings of people and ideas within the region and with Europe. Secondly, they unearth the tensions between homogeneity and heterogeneity in LatinAmerican nation-building by honing in on narratives of mestizaje. The contributions tothis issue lie at the intersection of a number of elds: cultural and social history, intellectual history, politics and international relations, historical geography, travel writing and environmental history. They span a period from the middle of the nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, while covering a wide and diverse geographical and regional range including Honduras and Central America, Colombia, the Brazilian Amazon and Argentina.


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04/04/19-The fear of the apocalypse in the sixteenth century and the genesis of a new world: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Giordano Bruno

15:00, Aula Imbucci

The sixteenth century is marked by constant predictions of collective death, by fear of an imminent apocalypse that would punish corrupt humanity and open the horizon to a new world.

Pasquale Sabbatino

Rosa Giulio


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15/04/19-Italy in the Cold War. A transnational perspective

Where? 15.30

Luca Polese Remaggi

Francesco Cacciatore
Vincenzo Pedace

Kaeten Mistry, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at School of Art, Media and American Studies of the University of East Anglia (

The seminar discusses the origins of Cold War in Italy from a peculiar point of view, that is the networks of actors that shaped policies in Washington as well as in Rome. The picture shows an interaction involving a plurality of subjects, both local and global, in a transnational perspective.


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