English Language 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2016/2017)

Course code
4S002896
Name of lecturer
Roberta Facchinetti
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Period
II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

II SEMESTRE
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at helping students develop their competence in English with reference to phonetics and morphology; the basics of the history of English from its origins to the present day will also be illustrated.

Syllabus

Pre-requisite: B2 level


1. PHONETICS
- The International Phonetic Alphabet
- speech organs
- vowels and consonants
- voicing
- place of articulation
- manner of articulation
- intonation and prosody

2. MORPHOLOGY
- functional and lexical words
- morphemes
- inflectional morphology
- derivational morphology
- common affixes in English

3. HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Mediterraneans, Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans
- Old English, Middle English, Modern English
- Main varieties of Present-day English

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES:
Cruttenden, Alan (2014) "Gimson's Pronunciation of English". London: Routledge.
Facchinetti, Roberta (2016) "English Phonetics and Morphology. A Reader for First Year University Students" (3rd ed.), Verona: Quiedit.
Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott Allan (2010) "An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence" (3rd ed.), Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.
Plag, Ingo (2003) "Word-Formation in English". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott Allan An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence (Edizione 3) Palgrave Macmillan 2010 978-0-230-20801-8
Facchinetti, Roberta English Phonetics and Morphology. A Reader for First Year University Students (Edizione 3) QuiEdit 2016 9788864642314
Cruttenden, Alan Gimson's Pronunciation of English (Edizione 8) Routledge 2014 978-0-4441-8309-2
Plag, Ingo Word-Formation in English (Edizione 1) Cambridge University Press 2003 978-0-521-52563-3

Assessment methods and criteria

WRITTEN EXAM: 30 items on phonetics, morphology and on the basics of the history of English.
Here follow the most important topics covered by the exam:

- phonetic transcription / English spelling of a set of words/phrases;
- articulatory description (voicing, place of articulation, manner of articulation) of a set of phonetic symbols;
- assimilation, t-voicing, dark l, clipped syllables;
- stressed/unstressed syllables, content words, nucleus;
- British English vs American English spelling and pronunciation;
- inflectional morphology;
- derivational morphology;
- prefixes and suffixes;
- Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans and their languages;
- Old English, Middle English, Modern English: basic aspects;
- Standardization of English and Present-day English.

Student opinions - 2016/2017