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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE I
LINGUA RUSSA I

A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Antonella Cavazza by arrangement, via e-mail

Assigned to the Degree Course

Modern Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LETTERARIO
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Learning Objectives

The course will address the study of the phonological and phonetic peculiarities of modern Russian. The phonetics segment will also include the  fundamentals of the history of the Russian language and some essential information on the geo-sociolinguistics of Russia today.

Program

1. The Cyrillic alphabet: sounds and graphemes

1.1 Origin of the Cyrillic alphabet

1.2 The origins of the Russian literary language

1.3 The theory of diglossia

1.4 The reforms of the Cyrillic alphabet in Russia

1.5 Transliteration systems. Scientific and commercial transliteration

2. Linguistic characters of the standard variety

2.1 The graphic and phonetic system

2. 2 Vowel and consonant phonemes

2.3 Russian vowels and consonants

2.4 Classification of vowels

2.5 The vowel reduction

2.6 Classification of consonants

2.7 Palatalized and non-palatalized consonants

2.8 Voiced and unvoiced consonants

2.9 Muting of consonants

2.10 Sonorization of consonants

2.11 Occlusive consonants

2.12 Fricative consonants

2.13 Affricate consonants

2.14 Indigenous lexicon and loanwords

2.17 Stylistic-functional differentiation of the contemporary Russian literary language

3. Linguistic characters of the substandard variety

3.1 The national Russian language

3.2 The popular language (gorodskoe prostorečie)

4. Geo-sociolinguistic picture of Russia today

4.1 The languages, religions and cultures of the Russian Federation

4.2 Russian as a tool of inter-ethnic communication 4.3 Where Russian is spoken today

5. Word formation

5.1 Roots, suffixes and endings of nouns and verbs

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: Students acquire basic notions of phonology, morphology and sociolinguistics and will be able to describe the peculiarities of the Russian language.

Applied knowledge and understanding skills: Ability to perceive and produce both orally and in writing sequences of unfamiliar sounds; ability to autonomously apply the basic rules of Russian orthoepy when reading simple texts; ability to orient oneself in the formation and study of words; ability to recognize and appropriately use the different transliteration systems.

Autonomy of judgment: Students will be able to evaluate measures and interventions of a political nature on the Russian language within the Russian Federation and in the countries of the former USSR.

Communication skills: Students will be able to communicate in Russian at the elementary level

(A1).

Ability to learn: By the end of the course, students will have acquired the tools and basic notions necessary for the study of the contemporary Russian language.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Interactive lectures.

Course books

Cavazza, A. Elementi di lingua e di cultura russa, in Insegnare italiano a stranieri: percorsi operativi, a cura di G. Carloni, Francoangeli, Milano, 2015, pp. 152-166.

Fici Giusti, F., Gebert, L., Signorini S., La lingua russa, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma, 1991, p. 18 nota n. 1.

Garzaniti, M., Gli Slavi, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma, 2019, pp. 135-156; 160-168; 175-189, 2a ed.

Kasatkin L., Krysin L., Živov V., Il russo, Scandicci (Firenze) 1995, pp. 3-13; 24-27; 87-100; 155-172; 247-264.

Lasorsa, C., Il russo, Mosca 1983, pp. 7-51.

Mazzitelli, G., Ancora sul problema della traslitterazione dei caratteri cirillici, in “Bollettino AIB”, ISSN 1121-1490, vol.48, n.4 (dic. 2008), pp. 343-357.

Pul’kina, I.M., Breve prontuario della grammatica russa, «Lingua russa», Mosca, 1990, pp. 271-280; 295-299.

Saronne, E.T., Alberti, A., Chi sono gli Slavi?, Bologna 2002, pp. 114-117.

Uspenskij, B.A., Storia della lingua letteraria russa, tr. di N. Marcialis, Bologna 1993, pp. 37-42.

Assessment

Oral and written exams and language test.

The final exam will assess metalinguistic knowledge and language skills at the required level. In particular, assessment will test the following skills: writing (33% of all marks), oral (33%), and metalinguistic knowledge (33%).

The metalinguistic exam (“monographic course”) is a written test. It consists of 30 multiple choice  questions in Italian, principally to assess both acquired knowledge and applied comprehension skills. The use of dictionaries is not permitted during this test. Criteria for the assessment of the test are:

- pertinence and correctness of answers in relation to contents of programme

- ability to apply knowledge to specific cases

- ability to reflect critically on concepts and processes

- knowledge of the metalanguage

Any mark for the “monographic” course below 18/30 is not a pass.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Lectures.

Attendance

Students unable to attend lectures are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning or end of the course.

Course books

Cavazza, A. Elementi di lingua e di cultura russa, in Insegnare italiano a stranieri: percorsi operativi, a cura di G. Carloni, Francoangeli, Milano, 2015, pp. 152-166.

Fici Giusti, F., Gebert, L., Signorini S., La lingua russa, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma, 1991, p. 18 nota n. 1.

Garzaniti, M., Gli Slavi, culture e lingue dalle origini ai nostri giorni, Carocci, Roma, 2019, pp. 135-156; 160-168; 175-189, 2a ed.

Kasatkin L., Krysin L., Živov V., Il russo, Scandicci (Firenze) 1995, pp. 3-13; 24-27; 87-100; 155-172; 247-264.

Lasorsa, C., Il russo, Mosca 1983, pp. 7-51.

Mazzitelli, G., Ancora sul problema della traslitterazione dei caratteri cirillici, in “Bollettino AIB”, ISSN 1121-1490, vol.48, n.4 (dic. 2008), pp. 343-357.

Pul’kina, I.M., Breve prontuario della grammatica russa, «Lingua russa», Mosca, 1990, pp. 271-280; 295-299.

Saronne, E.T., Alberti, A., Chi sono gli Slavi?, Bologna 2002, pp. 114-117.

Uspenskij, B.A., Storia della lingua letteraria russa, tr. di N. Marcialis, Bologna 1993, pp. 37-42.

Assessment

Oral and written exams and language test.

The final exam will assess metalinguistic knowledge and language skills at the required level. In particular, assessment will test the following skills: writing (33% of all marks), oral (33%), and metalinguistic knowledge (33%).

The metalinguistic exam (“monographic course”) is a written test. It consists of 30 multiple choice  questions in Italian, principally to assess both acquired knowledge and applied comprehension skills. The use of dictionaries is not permitted during this test. Criteria for the assessment of the test are:

- pertinence and correctness of answers in relation to contents of programme

- ability to apply knowledge to specific cases

- ability to reflect critically on concepts and processes

- knowledge of the metalanguage

Any mark for the “monographic” course below 18/30 is not a pass.

Notes

Students unable to attend lectures are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning or end of the course.

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