Introduction to English linguistics (2015/2016)

Course code
4S002965
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 22, 2016 al May 31, 2016.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  
Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at discussing the development of English throughout the centuries with an emphasis on linguistic phenomena of language change and language contact and due consideration given to the social factors that influenced English in different historical periods.

Syllabus

“The history of English from a sociolinguistic perspective”
The following historical periods will be considered:
-Old English
-Middle English
-Early Modern English
-Modern English
For each of these periods, we will discuss aspects related to: the social, cultural and political history, linguistic developments, dialectal variation, linguistic and literary achievements.

Readings:
Barbara Fennell. 2001. A History of English. A Sociolinguistic Approach. Oxford: Blackwell (chs.1, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Gerry Knowles. 1997. A Cultural History of the English Language. London: Routledge.

The course will be held in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016