English Language 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2018/2019)

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 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This class aims at developing and consolidating students’ competence in the phonological and morphological aspects of contemporary English, also paying attention to their evolution over time.
Students should also acquire a linguistic competence in English at a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Syllabus

Pre-requisite: B2 level

1. KEY ASPECTS OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH AND OF ITS CURRENT VARIETIES

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

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
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 of a set of words/phrases;
- articulatory description (voicing, place of articulation, manner of articulation) of phonetic symbols;
- assimilation, t-voicing, dark l, clipped syllables, silent letters;
- stressed/unstressed syllables, content words, nucleus placement;
- British English vs American English spelling and pronunciation;
- inflectional morphology;
- derivational morphology;
- prefixes and suffixes.
- key aspects of the history of English.

FOR NON-ATTENDERS: Students who cannot attend the lessons are required to study the reference books quoted online.

Student opinions - 2017/2018