English linguistics lm (2016/2017)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PART I 6 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB Lisanna Calvi
PART II 3 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB Lisanna Calvi

Learning outcomes

Module: PART I
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The module aims at providing students with Critical Discourse Analysis tools and to introduce them to Critical Stylistics.


Module: PART II
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The module aims at introducing the students to the diacronic development of the English language.

Syllabus

Module: PART I
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The module concentrates on the relation between text, discourse, intertextuality and interdiscursiveness by introducing students to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and critical stylistics, with a special focus on ‘discourse representation’, ‘presupposition’, ‘negation’, ‘metadiscourse’ and ‘irony’, and, more generally, on ideological construction in various discursive and textual typologies.

Bibliography:
1) Norman Fairclough, Discourse and Social Change, Cambridge – Malden, Polity, (1992) 2013
2) Leslie Jeffries, Dan McIntyre, Stylistics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010
3) Leslie Jeffries, Critical Stylistics: The Power of English, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Teaching method: Lectures will be held in English.


Module: PART II
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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.

Bibliography:
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.

Teaching method: Lectures will be held in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: PART I
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The exam will consist in an oral discussion in English of the module’s topics.


Module: PART II
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The exam will consist in an oral discussion in English of the module’s topics.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Leslie Jeffries Critical Stylistics: The Power of English Palgrave 2010
Norman Fairclough Discourse and Social Change Polity 1992
Leslie Jeffries, Dan McIntyre Stylistics Cambridge University Press 2010
Albert C. Baugh, Thomas Cable A History of the English Language Routledge 2012 Sesta edizione / Sixth edition
Ingrid Tiecken-Boon van Ostade (ed.) Grammars, grammarians and grammar-writing in eighteenth-century England De Gruyter 2008 Lettura obbligatoria per studenti NON frequentanti / Required reading for NON attending students