English Language 1 [Cognomi F-O] (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Anna Zanfei
Anna Zanfei
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing and consolidate a metalinguistic knowledge of English phonetics and morphology.


Prerequisite: B2 level

- functional and lexical words/parole funzionali e lessicali
- morphemes/morfemi
- inflectional morphology and allomorphy/morfologia flessiva e allomorfismo
- derivational morphology and allomorphy/morfologia derivazionale e allomorfismo
- common affixes in English/affissi comuni in inglese

- The International Phonetic Alphabet/l'alfabeto fonetico internazionale
- speech organs/organi articolatori
- vowels and consonants/vocali e consonanti
- voicing/ sonorizzazione (sorde, sonore)
- place of articulation/luogo di articolazione
- manner of articulation/modo di articolazione
- primary stress in words and compounds
- intonation and prosody/intonazione e prosodia

- Main varieties of Present-day English/principali varietà dell'inglese contemporaneo
- Contrastive Phonetics: Standard British and General American /fonetica contrastiva: Inglese britannico e americano

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Facchinetti, Roberta English Phonetics and Morphology. A Reader for First-year University Students QuiEdit 2013 8864642315 nucleus placement, de-accenting tones, the most common affixes
Roach Peter English Phonetics and Phonology. A Practical Course (with audio CDs) (Edizione 4) Cambridge University Press 2013 9780521717403 introduction, 2 the production of speech sounds, 3 long vowels, diphthongs 4 voicing and consonants 5 the phoneme 6 fricatives and affricates, 7 nasals and other consonants 8 the syllable, 13.3 syllabic consonants 14 aspects of connected speech 14.2 assimilation 15 intonation 1 16 intonation 2
Plag, Ingo Word-Formation in English Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003 chapter 1 basic concepts (1.1what is a word, 1.2 Studying word-formation, 1.3inflection and derivation) Chapter 2 studying complex words (2.1 identifying morphemes, 2.2 allomorphy, 2.3 establishing word formation rules, 2.4 multiple affixation) Chapter 3 (3.3 complex words in the lexicon) Chapter 4.afixation 4.1 what is an affix, 4.2 How to investigate affixes, 4.3 general property of English affixation 4.4 suffixes, 4.5 prefixes 5 derivation 5.1 conversion 5.2 prosodic conversion (clipping , blends) 5.3 abbreviation and acronyms
Melchers G. & P.Shaw World Englishes Arnold 2003 Chapters: 2 the spread of English, 3 variation in English 3.2 Type of variation in form, 4.the inner circle, 4.5 the USA 5 the outer circle, 6 the expanding circle

Assessment methods and criteria

Prerequisite B2 level of competence of the English Language (certificate)

WRITTEN EXAM (B2 level is a prerequisite required to access the exam)

The final exam consists of exercises that refer to phonetic and morphological aspects of the English language. The main topics of the final exams are:

- inflectional morphology and allomorphy;
morfologia flessiva e allomorfismo
- derivational morphology and allomorphy;
morfologia derivazionale e allomorfismo
- prefixes and suffixes;
prefissi e suffissi
- phonetic transcription of vowels, diphthongs, consonants/ English spelling of sets of words/phrases;/
trascrizione fonetica di vocali, dittonghi, consonanti/ ortografia di gruppi di parole e sintagmi in inglese
- articulatory description (voicing, place of articulation, manner of articulation) of sets of phonetic symbols;
descrizione articolatoria (consonanti sorde e sonore, luogo e modo di articolazione) di coppie o gruppi di simboli fonetici
- assimilation, dissimilation; syllabic consonants;
assimilazione, dissimilazione, consonanti sillabiche;
- primary stress in words and compounds;
accento primario in parole e composti
- stressed/unstressed syllables, content words, nucleus;
sillabe accentate e non accentate, parole contenuto, nucleo prosodico
- Standard British English vs General American English spelling and pronunciation;
ortografia e pronuncia dell'inglese britannico standard e dell'inglese americano standard