History of the English language (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002984
Name of lecturer
Roberta Facchinetti
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Period
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at leading the students to know in detail:
(1) the history of the English language; attention will also be dedicated to the linguistic analysis of texts belonging to Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English;
(2) the history of journalistic writing in anglophone countries, from its origins to the present day; multimodal/multisemiotic journalism will also be dealt with.

Syllabus

The lessons will focus on the following tocpis

1. HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English
- English colonialism

2) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

3) HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEWSPAPER LANGUAGE
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Facchinetti Roberta Lexicographers and Grammarians in the History of English (Edizione 1) QuiEdit 2019 978-88-6464-551-3
Facchinetti Roberta, Nicholas Brownlees, Birte Bös, Udo Fries News as Changing Texts: Corpora, Methodologies and Analysis (Edizione 2) Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015 978-1-4438-8036-7
Mugglestone, Lynda (ed.) The Oxford History of English (Edizione 2) Oxford University Press 2012 9780199660162

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on the following topics:

1. HISTORY OF ENGLISH
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English
- English colonialism

2) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

3) HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEWSPAPER LANGUAGE
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism.

FOR NON-ATTENDERS: Students who cannot attend the lessons are required to study the books that can be found on the webpage of the course.