English linguistics LM with an introduction to Corpus Linguistics (2018/2019)

Course code
4S004044
Credits
9
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PART I 6 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH II semestre Roberta Facchinetti
PART II 3 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Sem. 2B Paola Maria Caleffi

Learning outcomes

PART I
The course aims at leading the students to know in detail: (1) the history of the English language; attention will also be dedicated to the linguistic analysis of texts belonging to Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English; (2) the history of journalistic writing in anglophone countries, from its origins to the present day; multimodal/multisemiotic journalism will also be dealt with.

PART II
The course module aims at providing students with a practical analytical tool for the close reading of journalistic pieces and political speeches drawing on critical discourse analysis (CDA) as an analytical framework.

Syllabus

The lessons will focus on the following topics:

MODULE 1
1. HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English
- English colonialism

2) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

3) HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEWSPAPER LANGUAGE
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism.


MODULE 2
The fundamental theoretical and methodological orientations of CDA will be presented and discussed. A focus will be made on the analysis of those linguistic and rhetorical strategies of journalistic discourse and political discourse that best reveal the relationship between text, power, political and socio-cultural context.
Specifically, the following topics will be covered:
- definition of ‘discourse’
- CDA and persuasive discourse: journalistic discourse and political discourse
- modes of persuasion (ethos, logos, pathos)
- deliberative, forensic, epideictic rhetoric and rhetorical figures
- examples of critical analysis of linguistic and rhetorical strategies of journalistic pieces and political speeches (e.g. lexical choices, transitivity, modality, hedging, use of rethorical figures, representational strategies)

Module contents and final exam are the same for both attendees and non-attendees.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on the following topics:

MODULE 1
1. HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English
- English colonialism

2) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

3) HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEWSPAPER LANGUAGE
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism.

MODULE 2:
Oral exam on the topics covered during the module. Students can prepare the analysis of a freely-selected journalistic text or political speech and present it during the exam.

Students who cannot attend Module 1 are required to study the books mentioned on the webpage of the course.
Contents and final exam of module 2 are the same for both attendees and non-attendees.

The final mark will result from an average between the evaluation of the two modules, bearing in mind the number of credits covered by each module.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Richardson, J.E. Analysing Newspapers. An Approach from Critical Discourse Analysis Palgrave Macmillan 2007
Facchinetti, Roberta Dizionario Giornalistico Italiano-Inglese (Edizione 1) Giappichelli 2015 9788834858844
Facchinetti Roberta, Nicholas Brownlees, Birte Bös, Udo Fries News as Changing Texts: Corpora, Methodologies and Analysis (Edizione 2) Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015 978-1-4438-8036-7
Mugglestone, Lynda (ed.) The Oxford History of English (Edizione 2) Oxford University Press 2012 9780199660162
Charteris-Black, J. Analysing Political Speeches. Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor Palgrave Macmillan 2014
Machin, D. and Mayr, A. How to do Critical Discourse Analysis SAGE 2012
Bednarek, M. and Caple, H. The Discourse of News Values. How News Organizations Create Newsworthiness Oxford University Press 2017 978-0-19-065394-1