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Aspects of contemporary Italian


Admission requirements

  • A bachelor in Linguistics.

  • A study programme that includes at least one of these courses: Italian Linguistics, History of Italian, Sociolinguistics of Italian. The course must be taken successfully for at least 5 EC before the enrollment.

  • A proficiency in spoken Italian at CELFR level B2-C1, other skills in Italian at level C1.

  • A proficiency in oral English at CELPR level C1.


The course intends to present contemporary Italian at the various levels of linguistic analysis, from phonetics and phonology to the inflectional and lexical morphology, from the syntax to the lexicon. Significant variational aspects will be addressed in the spoken language, in the written texts, in the transmitted language, with insights into youth language, regional varieties and the language of “semi-educated” people.

Addressed topics:

  • The Italian language today,

  • lexicon,

  • phonetics and phonology,

  • flexive and lexical morphology,

  • syntax,

  • the spoken varieties,

  • the written varieties,

  • the transmitted varieties.

Course objectives

The course will provide the necessary basis to know and understand the structures of Italian language, the main dimensions of its social, geographical, historical variation, the relationship between Italian and other languages.
Through the presentation of different descriptive models of linguistic facts, the student will apply the knowledge acquired to analyze and appropriately place (historically, socially, geographically and typologically) linguistic phenomena, accordingly with scientific arguments and methods.
Students will improve the skills in critically judging the features of Italian and refine the ability to compare it with other languages.


The timetable is available on the website of the MA Linguistics.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours

Lectures: 26
Preparation lectures/ assignment: 52
Study of compulsory literature: 110
Preparation exam: 80
Mid-term tests: 10
Exam(s): 2 (+2)

Assessment method


Weakly verifications: students will be asked to deliver written answers to the exercise questions in the textbook. Weight: 20%
Final written examination with closed questions, short open questions and a textual analysis. Weight: 80%


The final mark is established by determining the weighted average.


The student does only take the resit for the parts of the finel test that were insufficient.

Exam review

The exam review can be organized within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for PowerPoint presentations on course contents and extra material when needed

Reading list

*P. D’Achille, L’italiano contemporaneo. Bologna, il Mulino, 2010, pp. 288 (
*Follow-up readings at student request.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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Claudio Di Felice

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof


The language of instruction is Italian. However, English can be adopted in class if needs of students so require.