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Re: CHAT: R: Re: CHAT: University Advice (was Re: A bit of advice)

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 7:23
I'm sorry for your unlucky staying here, but our *whole* shool system is
being redesigned in these years, and God only knows *what* will come out
from all these reforms. Instituition of new courses, cut of old ones...!

> "Anyway here in Italy we can't get a degree in Linguistics : ( You can get
> degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures + specialization in
> AFAIK." > > and Thomas Wier responded: > "Doesn't the University of Bologna have a good program that approximates > linguistics? I know Umberto Eco teaches there." > > The relevant program at Bologna *was* the Istituto di Glottologia on
> Zamboni, which belonged to the Facolta' di Lettere e Filosofia. However,
> doubt, much has changed since I was there. At the end of my stay there > (1996-97) the Istituto became a Dipartimento; then, subsequently, it
> its name from Glottologia to Studi Linguistici Orientali (DSLO), I
believe -
> but I can't be sure (the head of that department has the same name as the > head of the former Dipartimento di Glottologia - Franci Giorgio Renato). > Certainly, there doesn't appear to be a Department of Glottology there > anymore. > Umberto Eco, IIRC, teaches Semiotica at Bologna, which is a horse of a > different color. > Unfortunately, the program at Bologna isn't so great. Glottologia is > more philology than linguistics in the modern sense of the word; while I
> philologist) certainly don't have any issues with the philological
> there is even less work for philologists these days than there is for > linguists. > Bologna *was* one of six universities in Italy which offered courses
> Hebrew. That changed the year I was there. In fact, they cancelled the > program two weeks before the final exam, without telling any of the
> or even the professor! Despite all of the work we had done that year, the > university was going to send us away without any recognition or credit. > At first, we attempted to get the Jewish community of Bologna
> The instructor of the Modern Hebrew course, Miriam Chetrit, had some ties > with this community - but they seemed to be uninterested in defending the > study of Hebrew at Bologna. > It was at that point that I had to play the "Ugly American," as I was > the only American in either of the Hebrew courses. Bologna had signed a > contract with my alma mater, according to which all students who studied
> Bologna would receive credit for the courses that they had taken. > Therefore, they were obligated to give *me* (at the very least) a final > exam. The people at Brown called the directors at the Department of > Glottologia and demanded that they recognize our work (my work and the
> of my classmates) with a final exam - and exams were hastily set up for
> two Hebrew courses that had been taught that year. After that year, the > Hebrew courses were phased out. > As was the program in Iranistica. I was taking Antico Persiano that > year with Dr. Antonio Panaino; he announced at the end of the year that
> entire program in Iranistica was being cut and that he was moving to > Ravenna. Egyptian, Sumerian, Akkadian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Urdu/Hindi, > Turkish, Chinese, and Japanese are still available in that program, AFAIK. > Even though Iranian and NW Semitic languages are no longer available
> I would go back in a second; the short time I spent at Bologna was one of > the best times I spent in my life, and I learned much more in that one
> than I had before or have since. I would also take courses with Panaino > again - he spends his time between Milan and Ravenna these days - in a > second. > -Chollie > _________________________________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at > > Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at >