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Lecturers: Adriana Belletti, Valentina Bianchi, Luigi Rizzi

Introduction to linguistics (a.a. 2018/19)


This module will introduce some basic notions of linguistic analysis by discussing the phenomenon of wh-questions (e.g. What did you see?). In the first part, Adriana Belletti will introduce the notions of phrase structure and of long-distance relations, and will discussthe phenomenon of focus as related to question-answer congruence. In the second part, Valentina Bianchi will discuss the interpretive aspects of wh-questions, introducing the basic  ingredients of possible world semantics and the notion of bi-dimensional interpretation. In the third part, Luigi Rizzi will tackle some locality constraints in long-distance relations and will discuss experimental evidence about them. The last hour of the course will be devoted to a general discussion involving the audience.


November 22nd, 2018 -15-18
November 23rd, 2018 -10-13, 14-17
November 23rd, 2018 General discussion 17-18

Classroom 1-16


  1. Adger, D. 2014 Syntax. Available from:
  2. Baker, M.2001. The Atoms of Language. Basic Books.
  3. Rizzi, L. & G.Cinque .2016. "Functional Categories and Syntactic Theory", in The Annual Review of Linguistics, 139-163. Available from:


The evaluation will be based on an oral exam.

Credits: 2


Tipologia corso : Tipo b

Periodo: Semestre I

Anno accademico: 2018-2019

Durata : 10 ore