History of the English Language (2012/2013)



Course code
4S00897
Credits
6
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
Italian
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 3 I semestre Roberta Facchinetti
Modulo 2 3 I semestre Marta Degani

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Modulo 1 Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.11 from Nov 6, 2012  to Nov 24, 2012
Modulo 1 Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.10 from Nov 6, 2012  to Nov 24, 2012
Modulo 1 Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.10 from Nov 6, 2012  to Nov 24, 2012
Modulo 2 Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.11 from Nov 26, 2012  to Jan 12, 2013
Modulo 2 Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.10 from Nov 26, 2012  to Jan 12, 2013
Modulo 2 Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.10 from Nov 26, 2012  to Jan 12, 2013

Learning outcomes

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The course is aimed to introduce students to the study of the English language in its spoken and written form as it evolved starting from the eighteenth century.

Syllabus

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Module II (18 hours)
The course is meant to illustrate the development of the English language from 1700 up until now. Particular attention will be given to the following aspects: a) the standardization of English, b) the codification of the language in dictionaries, c) the relevance of historical and cultural factors for the social and geographical diversification of English, and d) the spread of English as the language of global communication.

Bibliography
Basic readings:
Baugh, Albert C. and Thomas Cable. 2002. A History of the English Language. London: Routledge (chs. 9 -11).
Beal, Joan. 2004. English in Modern Times: 1700-1945. London: Arnold.
Melchers, Gunnel and Philip Shaw. 2011. World Englishes. 2nd ed. London: Hodder Education Publishers.
Mugglestone, Lynda. 2006. The Oxford History of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press (chs. 10-14)

For consultation:
Crystal, David. 2003. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Further information on relevant literature will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Note: the course will be held in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

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Oral exam in English. For the exam students will be asked to present a small research project.