English linguistics (2013/2014)

Course code
4S00973
Name of lecturer
Marta Degani
Coordinator
Marta Degani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre dal Feb 24, 2014 al May 31, 2014.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5  
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing a solid methodology and a sound theoretical background for the study of language from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. To reach this aim, students will be introduced to a range of different topics in cognitive linguistics, and they will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the analysis of human language

Syllabus

Syllabus
“The conceptual nature of human language”
The course will introduce and critically (re)consider some of the main issues featuring the approach of cognitive linguistics to the study of language. The focus will be on the following topics:
- Conceptual structure: embodiment as a basic principle
- Categorization and prototype theory
- Semantic frames (idealized cognitive models)
- Conceptual metaphor and metonymy

Language: the course will be held in English.

Bibliography
Croft, William and Cruse, D.Alan. 2004. Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP (ch. 4, pp. 74-91).
Degani, Marta. 2012. Introduction to Cognitive Semantics. Verona: QuiEdit.
Lee, David. 2001. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction. Oxford University Press, USA.
Ungerer, Friedrich and Schmid, Hans-Jörg. 2006. An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in English.