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|Monday||11:50 AM - 1:30 PM||lesson||Lecture Hall 1.5|
|Thursday||5:20 PM - 7:00 PM||lesson||Lecture Hall 1.2|
The module aims at introducing the students to the diacronic development of the English language.
Starting from an overview of the main periods of English and its major structural developments through the centuries, the module will move to the exploration of the so-called rise of prescriptivism, with special regard to late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century concerns with ascertaining, refining, and fixing the English language as well as with the alleged influence of eighteenth-century normative works on language usage.
Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable, A History of the English Language, London and New York, Routledge, 2012, sixth edition.
Required supplementary readings for non-attending students:
Ingrid Tiecken-Boon van Ostade (ed.), Grammars, grammarians and grammar-writing in eighteenth-century England, Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008.
The exam will consist in an oral discussion in English of the module’s topics.