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Sem2 - weeks 1-4: History and Geography of the Italian Language

Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners), 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Gigliola Sulis
g.sulis@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General reference

De Mauro, Tullio, Storia linguistica dell’Italia unita [19631] (Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2005)

Enciclopedia Treccani [online] http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/

Lepschy, Anna Laura, and Giulio Lepschy, The Italian Language Today [19771] (London: Routledge, 1988)

Marazzini, Claudio, La lingua italiana. Profilo storico [19941] (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1998)

Tosi, Arturo, ‘The Language Situation in Italy’, Current Issues in Language Planning, 5(3), 2004, pp.247-335

Tosi, Arturo, Language and Society in a Changing Italy (Clevendon: Multilingual Matters, 2001) 

Online dictionaries

Dizionario Italiano Garzanti Linguistica, https://www.garzantilinguistica.it/

Dizionario Italiano – Inglese Garzanti Linguistica, https://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/

Dizionario Il Nuovo De Mauro [online] https://dizionario.internazionale.it/

OED – Oxford English Dictionary https://www.oed.com/ [access via the library website]

 

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Week 1: Reading week

  • Study skills: how to read and summarise an article/book chapter
  • Preparation for the section on History and Geography of the Italian language

 

Core text (compulsory reading)

* Lepschy, Anna Laura, Lepschy, Giulio, The Italian Language Today [19771] (London: Routledge, 1988), pp.12-18, 19-40 [advanced and beginners]    

  

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Week 2: Questione della lingua. The making of the Italian language  

Core texts (compulsory reading)

* Hastings, Robert, ‘Questione della lingua’, in Hainsworth, Peter, Robey, David (eds), The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) [online version: 2005] [beginners]    

* Lepschy, Anna Laura, Lepschy, Giulio, ‘A Historical View’, in Lepschy and Lepschy, The Italian Language Today, ‘A Historical View’, in The Italian Language Today [19771] (London: Routledge, 1988), pp.19-40 [advanced and beginners]    

* Marazzini, Claudio, ‘La questione della lingua’, ‘La soluzione manzoniana alla questione della lingua’, ‘Effetti linguistici dell’unità politica’, in Id., La lingua italiana. Profilo storico [19941] (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1998), pp.235-243, 346-352, 360-368 [advanced]   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

Further reading

Maiden, Martin, ‘From Florentine Dialect to Italian’, in Id., A Linguistic History of Italian (London: Longman, 1995), pp.242-49   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Maiden, Martin, ‘The Definition of Multilingualism in Historical Perspective’, in Lepschy, Anna Laura, Tosi, Arturo (eds), Multilingualism in Italy. Past and Present (Oxford: Legenda: 2002), pp.31-46   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

Marazzini, Claudio, ‘Questione della lingua’, in Enciclopedia Treccani, 2011 [online] http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/questione-della-lingua_(Enciclopedia-dell%27Italiano)/ (long reading)  

Richardson, Brian, ‘Questions of Language’, in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp.63-79    

 

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Week 3 Lecture: Linguistic variety in contemporary Italy 

Core texts (compulsory reading)

* De Mauro, Tullio, ‘Linguistic Variety and Linguistic Minorities’ in Forgacs, David, Lumley, Robert (eds), Italian Cultural studies. An Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press,1996), pp.88-101 [beginners]   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

* De Mauro, Tullio, ‘Minoranze linguistiche: questioni teoriche e storiche’, in Id., L’Italia delle Italie (Rome: Editori Riuniti, 1987), pp.19-46 [advanced]   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

* Lepschy, Anna Laura, Lepschy, Giulio, ‘Italian Today’, in Id, The Italian Language Today [19771] (London: Routledge, 1988), pp.12-18 [advanced and beginners]    

Further reading

Alfonzetti, Giovanna, ‘Introduction. Sociolinguistic research in Italy: A general outline’, Sociolinguistic Studies, 11: 2–4 (2017), pp. 237–270 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 28/02/2020) 

Coveri, Lorenzo, ‘Lingue diverse dall’italiano in Italia: comunità di recente immigrazione’, in Coveri, Lorenzo, Benucci, Antonella, Diadori, Pierangela, Le varietà dell’italiano. Manuale di sociolinguistica italiana (Rome: Bonacci, 1998), pp.63-66, 84-86   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

De Mauro, Tullio, Storia linguistica dell’Italia unita [19631] (Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2005), pp.283-290 (par.16-19)   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

Lepschy, Anna Laura, and Giulio Lepschy, and Miriam Voghera, ‘Linguistic Variety in Italy’, in Levy, Carl (ed.), Italian regionalism: history, identity and politics (Oxford: Berg, 1996), pp. 69-80   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Parry, Mair, ‘The Challenges of Multilingualism Today’, in Lepschy, Anna Laura, Tosi, Arturo, Multilingualism in Italy. Past and Present (Oxford: Legenda: 2002), pp.47-59   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Polezzi, Loredana, 'Polylingual writing and the politics of language in today’s Italy', In Parati, Graziella (ed.), New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Vol. 1: Definition, Theory, and Accented Practices (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University: 2012), pp.87-111 (on multilingualism and 20th-21st century literature)   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Sabatini, Francesco, ‘L’“italiano dell’uso medio”: una realtà tra le varietà linguistiche italiane’, in Holtus, Günter and Radtke, Edgar (eds), Gesprochenes Italienisch in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1985), pp.154-184

Telmon, Tullio, ‘Le minoranze linguistiche’, Enciclopedia Treccani, 2015 [online] http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/le-minoranze-linguistiche_%28L%27Italia-e-le-sue-Regioni%29/    

 

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Week 3 Seminar: Minority languages: a case study (Sardinian) 

Core texts (compulsory reading)

On minority languages in Italy

* Coveri, Lorenzo, ‘Le lingue delle minoranze etnolinguistiche’, in Coveri, Lorenzo, Benucci, Antonella, Diadori, Pierangela, Le varietà dell’italiano. Manuale di sociolinguistica italiana (Rome: Bonacci, 1998), pp.57-62 [advanced]   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

* Marcato, Carla, ‘The linguistic situation in Italy and law 482/1999 regarding linguistic minorities’, in Brancato, Dario, Reynolds, Kevin B (eds), Transition : prospettive di studio sulle trasformazioni letterarie e linguistiche nella cultura italiana (Firenze: Cadmo, 2004), pp.65-70 [beginners]    

* Tosi, Arturo, ‘Historic Minorities and Domestic Minorities’, ‘New Ethnolinguistic Minorities’ in Id., Language and Society in a Changing Italy (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2001), pp.31-39 [beginners]   

On Sardinian

* Lai, Rosangela (2018), ‘Language Planning and Language Policy in Sardinia’. Language Problems & Language Planning, 42(1), pp.70-88   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

* Mensching, Guido, and Remberger, Eva-Maria (2016), ‘Sardinia’, in Ledgeway, Adam, Maiden, Martin (eds), The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.270-291   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

* Tufi, Stefania (2013), ‘Language Ideology and Language Maintenance: The Case of Sardinia’. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 219, pp.145-160   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 28/02/2020) 

Further reading

On minority languages in Italy

Coluzzi, Paolo, ‘Language planning for Italian regional languages (‘dialects’)’, Language Problems and Language Planning, 32 (3) 2008, pp.215-36   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Iannàccaro, Gabriele, Dell'Aquila, Vittorio, ‘Historical Linguistic Minorities: Suggestions for Classification and Typology’, in Italian sociolinguistics : twenty years on, themed issue of International journal of the sociology of language, 210 (2011), pp.29-45   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

Savoia, Leonardo, ‘Componenti ideologiche nel dibattito sulle leggi di tutela linguistica’, in Orioles, Vincenzo (ed.) La legislazione nazionale sulle minoranze linguistiche: problemi, applicazioni, prospettive (Udine: Centro Internazionale sul Plurilinguismo dell’Università di Udine, 2003), pp.85-114   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

Toso, Fiorenzo, ‘Le legislazioni regionali in materia linguistica: una risorsa e un problema’, in Lo Piparo, Franco, Ruffino, Giovanni (eds), Gli italiani e la lingua (Palermo: Sellerio, 2005), pp.255-67   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019) 

Toso, Fiorenzo, ‘Lingue sotto il tetto d’Italia. Le minoranze alloglotte da Bolzano a Carloforte’,Enciclopedia Treccani, 4th May 2018 [online] [advanced] http://www.treccani.it/magazine/lingua_italiana/articoli/scritto_e_parlato/Toso1.html    

On Sardinian

Clark, Martin, ‘Sardinia: Cheese and Modernisation’, in in Levy, Carl (ed.), Italian regionalism: history, identity and politics (Oxford: Berg, 1996), pp.81-106

Hepburn, Eva, ‘Explaining Failure: the Highs and Lows of Sardinian Nationalism’, Regional and Federal Studies, 19: 4-5 (2009), pp.595-618

Jones, Michael A., ‘Sardinia’, Maiden, Martin, Parry, Mair (eds), The Dialects of Italy (London: Routledge, 1997), pp.376-84   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Olesen, Lone Elisabeth, ‘Lingue in pericolo e identità, la lingua sarda come esempio’, in Guardiano, Cristina, Calaresu, Emilia, Robustelli, Cecilia, Carli, Augusto (eds), Lingue, istituzioni, territori. Riflessioni teoriche, proposte metodologiche ed esperienze di politica linguistica (Rome: Bulzoni, 2005), pp.301-14   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 28/02/2020) 

Wells, Naomi, ‘The territorial principle: Language rights and linguistic minorities in Spain and Italy’, in G. Valentine, U. Vieten (eds), Cartographies of difference: interdisciplinary perspectives on living with difference (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), pp.157-182

Wells, Naomi, ‘State recognition for “contested languages”: a comparative study of Sardinian and Asturian, 1992-2010’, Language Policy, 18 (2019), pp.243-267

Websites on minority languages

Ethnologue. Languages of the World [database], https://www.ethnologue.com/country/IT

Euromosaic report, https://www.uoc.edu/euromosaic/web/homean/index1.html (see esp.: List by State > Italy > Sardinian > Sardinian in Italy – and Sardinian language use survey)  

Laws on minority languages

Italian level

Costituzione della Repubblica Italiana, 1948, https://www.senato.it/documenti/repository/istituzione/costituzione.pdf

[Italian original followed by English translation: http://www.formazioneimmigrazione.anci.it/file/repository/48.pdf]

Parlamento Italiano, Legge 482, 15 dicembre 1999, Norme in materia di tutela delle minoranze linguistiche storiche, http://www.parlamento.it/parlam/leggi/99482l.htm  

Regional level

Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (RAS), Legge regionale n. 26, 15 ottobre 1997, Promozione e valorizzazione della cultura e della lingua della Sardegna, http://consiglio.regione.sardegna.it/legapp/lr97-26.asp

Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (RAS), Limba Sarda Comuna: norme linguistiche di riferimento a carattere sperimentale per la lingua scritta dell’Amministrazione regionale, 2006, http://www.regione.sardegna.it/documenti/1_72_20060418160308.pdf 

Consiglio Regionale del Veneto, regional law 13.04.2007, n.8, Tutela, valorizzazione e promozione del patrimonio linguistico e culturale veneto https://bur.regione.veneto.it/BurvServices/pubblica/DettaglioLegge.aspx?id=196722

International level

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML). 23 June 1992 Treaty. Council of Europe, http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/Treaties/Html/148.htm

Unesco Atlas of Languages in Danger, http://www.unesco.org/languages-atlas/en/atlasmap.html 

 

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Week 4: Lecture: Italian outside Italy. The language of Italian migrants 

Core texts (compulsory reading)

Chini, Marina, ‘New Linguistic Minorities: Repertoires, Language Maintenance and Shift’, in Italian sociolinguistics : twenty years on, themed issue of International journal of the sociology of language, 210 (2011), pp.47-69 [beginners]   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

* Bernini, Giuliano, ‘L’italiano dell’emigrazione’, Enciclopedia dell'Italiano, Treccani (2010) (http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/italiano-dell-emigrazione_%28Enciclopedia-dell%27Italiano%29/)  

* Coveri, Lorenzo, ‘L’italiano fuori d’Italia’, in Coveri, Lorenzo, Benucci, Antonella, Diadori, Pierangela, Le varietà dell’italiano. Manuale di sociolinguistica italiana (Rome: Bonacci, 1998), pp.66-74, 87-89 [advanced]   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 11/11/2019)  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

Del Boca, Daniela, Venturini, Alessandra, ‘Italian Migration’, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) Research Papers, n.398 (2003) (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=475021)

* Tosi, Arturo, ‘Italian in English-Speaking Countries’, in Id. Language and Society in a Changing Italy (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2001), pp.224-243 [advanced and beginners]   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further reading

Audenino, Patrizia, Tirabassi, Maddalena, Migrazioni italiane (Milan: Mondadori, 2008) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 28/02/2020) 

Berruto, Gaetano, ‘L’italiano all’estero’, in Id. Sociolinguistica dell’italiano contemporaneo [19871] (Rome: Carocci, 2004), pp.179-186,194-195 [advanced]   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

Caffarelli, Enzo, Grassi, Tiziana, Capussi, Mina and others (eds), Dizionario Enciclopedico delle Migrazioni Italiane nel Mondo (Rome: Società Editrice Romana, 2014) ON ORDER

Carnevale, Nancy, A New Language. A New World. Italian Immigrants in the United States. 1890-1945 (Champaign, IL : University of Illinois Press, 2009)

De Mauro, Tullio, Storia linguistica dell’Italia unita [19631] (Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2005), pp.290-293, pp.333-335, pp.336-337   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

Haller, Hermann W., Una lingua perduta e ritrovata: l’italiano degli italo-americani (Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1993)

Haller, Hermann, ‘Considerazioni sull’italiano all’estero (US)’, ‘“Tu vuo’ fare l’italiano”. L’identità multipla dell’italiano negli Stati Uniti’, in Maraschio, Nicoletta, De Martino, Domenico, and Stanchina, Giulia (eds), L'italiano degli altri (Florence: Accademia della Crusca, 2011), pp.283-288, 377-382

Pascoli, Giovanni, ‘Italy’ (1904), in Primi poemetti (1907), now in Giovanni Pascoli, Opere, ed. Maurizio Perugi, vol. I (Napoli: Ricciardi, 1980) pp.348-382

Pascoli, Giovanni, ‘Italy’, Eng. transl. by Joseph Tusiani, Italian Americana, 5: 2 (1979), pp. 141-159    

Tosi, Arturo, Immigration and Bilingual Education: A Case Study of Movement of Population, Language Change and Education within the EEC (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1984)   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 03/12/2019) 

This list was last updated on 27/02/2020