English language 2 [CInt] (2017/2018)

Course code
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 the metalinguistic knowledge of lexical semantics, textual cohesion, discourse coherence, collocations and their semantic/pragmatic context, and English syntax. On completion of this course, students will have developed a solid understanding of lexical relationships of meaning and how they create cohesion in English texts; they will also be able to identify syntactic constituency and the relation between syntactic form and function.


English Language 1;
English C1 Computer-based test;
English Literature 1.

From the book by J. Lesley "Discovering Language: The structure of Modern English",
chapter 6 and 7 and related exercises
Lexical Semantics/semantica lessicale:
- introduction to lexical meaning
introduzione al significato lessicale
- multiple meaning: homonymy, polysemy,
molteplicità di significati: omonimia e polisemia
- homophony and homography
omofonia e omografia
- sense relations: synonyms, hyponyms, meronyms, antonyms, forms of opposites
relazioni di senso: sinonimi, iponimi, meronimi, antinomi, opposti
- semantic contexts: collocations and their semantic and pragmatic context
contesti semantici: collocazioni nel contesto pragmatico e semantico

Textual Cohesion and discourse coherence/ coesione tesuale e coerenza del discorso:
- lexical cohesion
- grammatical cohesion

From the book by K. Kuiper "English Language",
chapter 7 and 8 and related exercises
- Lexical/grammatical word classes and Phrase structures and their visual representation
classi di parole lessicali e grammaticali; la struttura sintagmatica e la sua rappresentazione visiva
- Clauses and Sentences (Simple and Complex): form and function relationships
clausole e frasi (semplici e complesse): relazioni tra forma e funzione
- Coordinated structures and functions
strutture e funzioni coordinate

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott, Allan An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence Palgrave Macmillan 2014 9780230208018 Chapters: 7 and 8 and related exercises
Jeffries, Lesley Discovering Language. The Structure of Modern English Palgrave 2006 Chapters 6 and 7 and related exercises
Salkie, Raphael Text and Discourse Analysis Routledge 1997 0415092787 Part 1: Lexical Cohesion

Assessment methods and criteria

Prerequisites for the access to the final exam:
English Language 1;
English C1 level;
English Literature 1.

The final exam (June/July 2018, September 2018, February 2019) is a written test with exercises, for a total of 30 points, referred to topics of the syllabus as for example:
sense relations: synonyms, hyponyms, meronyms, antonyms, other forms of opposites;
homonymy, polysemy, homographs, homophones
collocations and their context;
cohesion and discourse coherence: repetition, anaphora, cataphora, references, substitution, ellipsis, conjunctions, Lexical/grammatical word classes;
phrase and clauses structures:
head, constituents and their visual representation;
sentences (Simple and Complex)
form and function relationships.