English language 1 LM (2009/2010)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Vettorel
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2009 al Jan 16, 2010.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5  

Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the concepts of language change and language variation by examining internal and external processes of change and variation in the English language.


During the course topics related to language change and variation in the English language will be discussed, both at a diachronic and at a synchronic level: aspects linked to the history of the language and to its spread in the world (World Englishes, EIL/ELF), changes and variation influenced by technology.


Beard, A. 2004. Language Change. London: Routledge.
Crystal, D. 2006 (2nd Edition), Language and the Internet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Goodman S., Graddol D., Lillis, T. (eds). 2007. Redesigning English. London/Milton Keynes: Routledge/Open University (Chapters 4, 6).
Jenkins J. 2003. World Englishes. London: Routledge.
Schendl, H. 2001. Historical Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Trask, R.L. 1994. Language Change. London: Routledge.

Additional Reading:
Crystal D. 1998. The English Language. London: Penguin.
Crystal, D. 2003 (2nd Edition). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Crystal D. 2008. txtng. The gr8 db8. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Davies, D. 2005. Varieties of Modern English: an Introduction. Harlow: Pearson Longman.
Graddol, D. Leith, D., Swann, J., Rhys, M., Gillen J. (eds). 2007. Changing English. London/Milton Keynes: Routledge/Open University

Additional bibliographic references will be indicated during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral. Possible investigation topics to be carried out at an individual level will be discussed during the course.

Required Linguistic Competence
Level 5 ALTE, C2 Council of Europe
Certification of linguistic competence is provided by the CLA (University Language Centre) or by other certified institutions, as specified in the Student’s Guide (“Guida dello studente”).