Module Identifier IT20410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Italian.  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours (11 x 1-hour lectures)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours (2 x 2-hour seminars)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination  70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay 1,500-2,000 words.30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
At the end of this course, students should

Brief description

This module will provide a survey of the development of the Italian language from its origins to the present day. The course will examine the position of Italian within the Indo-European family of languages, the main developments in the transformation from Latin to "Italian", the recurrence of debates on what should constitute the Italian language (questione della lingua) across several centuries, and the influence of writers like Dante Alighieri and Alessandro Manzoni on the making of the language.

Finally, the course will touch briefly on the consequences of all this in the present linguistic make-up of Italy.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A. L. Lepschy and G. Lepschy (1991) The Italian Language Today Routledge
Martin Maiden (1995) A Linguistic History of Italy Longman
** Reference Text
B. Migliorini (1995) Storia della lingua italiana Mondadori
B. Migliorini (1984) The Italian Language, tr. T.G. Griffith Faber
B. Migliorini - I Baldelli (1979 or 84) Breve storia della lingua italiana Sansoni


This module is at CQFW Level 5