Introduction to Russian Linguistics (2015/2016)

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Name of lecturer
Daniele Artoni
Daniele Artoni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 22, 2016 al May 31, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing students with the necessary theoretical knowledge to understand linguistic issues related to Russian language.


After an introductory terminological clarification, Russian linguistics will be introduced both in diachronic and synchronic terms, with a particular focus on the latter approach.
Phonology, morphology and syntax will be analysed; whereas a second module will be committed with lexicological, sociolinguistic and pragmatic issues.

The linguistic phenomena taken into account from a theoretical point of view will be analysed in short passages.

Main references (one on student's choice):
- Cubberley, P. (2002). Russian: A linguistic introduction. Cambridge University Press.
- Kasatkin, L., Krysin, L. & Živov, V. (1995). Il russo (a cura di N. Marcialis e A. Parenti ). Firenze: La Nuova Italia Editrice Scandicci.

Articles (one on student's choice):
- Зализняк, А. А., & Шмелев, А. Д. (2000). Введение в русскую аспектологию. Языки русской культуры. (aspect)
- Jakobson, R. (1984). Beitrag zur allgemeinen Kasuslehre: Gesamtbedeutung der russischen Kasus. (Translated as: General meanings of the Russian cases)[1936]. Russian and Slavic grammar: Studies 1931–1981, 105-134. (case)
- Hahm, H.-J. & Wechsler, S. 2007. Untangling the Russian predicate agreement knot. In Butt, M. & King, T.H. (eds), Proceedings of the LFG07 Conference. CSLI Publications (syntax)
- Polinsky M. American Russian: Language Loss Meets Language Acquisition. In: Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguisitics. Cornell Meeting. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications; 1995. (sociolinguistics)
- Benacchio, Rosanna. 2002. Конкуренция видов, вежливость и этикет в русском императиве. Russian linguistics 26(2): 149-178. (pragmatics)
- King, T. H. 1995. Case assignment and the genitive of negation (chapter 8). In Configuring Topic and Focus in Russian. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. (case and negation)

Further readings will be indicated to the students during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will consist in an oral discussion.
!!! Non-attending students must contact the teacher before the exam!!!