English III (2012/2013)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Maria Ivana Lorenzetti
Maria Ivana Lorenzetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 25, 2013 al May 31, 2013.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  

Learning outcomes

Text Analysis and Text Types

Teaching Aims

The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of English textual analysis, drawing special attention to text typologies and the relevant characteristics of each text type, based on De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model. By the end of the course, students will be able to correctly identify the main features of different text typologies and to appropriately produce suitable texts, depending on the context at hand.


The main topics covered will be:
- Conversational Implicature
- Speech Act Theory
- Text, context and co-text; text vs. non-text;
- De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model of textual analysis;
- Standards of Textuality;
- The notions of text type and genre;
- Writer, recipient and purpose of the message;
- Classification of various txt types and analyses of texts;

Reading List*:

Texts for the Written Part of the Exam

Biber Douglas (1989) “A Typology of English Texts” Linguistics 27: 3-43
De Beaugrande Robert and Wolfgang U. Dressler (1980) Introduction to Text Linguistics, London, Longman (Basic Notions)
Huang, Yan (2006) Pragmatics, Oxford, Oxford University Press (Ch. 1; Ch.2: 23-35; 54-63; Ch.4 : 93-131)
Lakoff, Robin Tolmach (2009) “Conversational Logic” in J. Verschueren and J.Ola Ostman (eds.) Key Notions for Pragmatics, Amsterdam, John Benjamins: 102-113.
Merlini Barbaresi Lavinia (2003) “Towards a Theory of Text Complexity” in L. Merlini Barbaresi (ed.) Complexity in Language and Text, Pisa, Edizioni Plus
Trosborg, Anna (1997) “Text Typology: Register, Genre and Text Type”, in A. Trosborg (ed.) Text Typology and Translation, Trosborg, Anna (ed.), Amsterdam, John Benjamnins: 4-23.

Texts for the Oral Part of the Exam

Lorenzetti Maria Ivana (2008) “The Complexity of Political Discourse” in M. Bertuccelli, S. Bruti and A. Bertacca (eds.) Threads in the Complex Fabric of Language. Linguistic and Literary Studies in Honour of Lavinia Merlini Barbaresi, Pisa, Felici Editore: 591-599.
Merlini Barbaresi Lavinia (2003) “Towards a Theory of Text Complexity” in L. Merlini Barbaresi (ed.) Complexity in Language and Text, Pisa, Edizioni Plus
Merlini Barbaresi Lavinia (2004) “A Model for Defining Text Complexity in Descriptive Text Type” Folia Linguistica 3-4: 355-381.
Van DijK, T. (2008) “Political Discourse and Political Cognition” In Discourse and Power, London, Palgrave: 155-184.

* Additional references will be indicated at the beginning of the course. Every possible variation in the reading list will also be announced through the course website.

Advanced and optional:

Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad and Geoffrey Leech (2002) Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English, London, Longman

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists in
a) a written test on textual analysis..
b) an oral exam, for which students can sit after having passed the written exam. The oral exam will focus on a series of articles, which will be made available at the beginning of the course.

Students who attended at least 80% of the course may opt for a written test during the month of May. The date will be announced during the course. In this case no oral exam will be required.

Alternatively, the first test will be in the Summer session (June-July)

The final mark is comprehensive of the CLA C1 Certificate and will be registered after completing the various parts in the exam.
As from A.A. 2006/2007, students who wish to sit for the Lingua Inglese 3exam, must have obtained the CLA- C1 certificate before the exam.

Prerequisites: Lingua Inglese 2 (English Language 2); CLA C1