The course is aimed at providing an introduction to English linguistics through the study of the distinct phases of the history of the language, from its birth through to the present time. This insight into the history of English will allow students to consolidate their knowledge of the language thanks to an increased awareness of its origins, and of how it has developed and changed over the centuries. Adopting a sociolinguistic perspective, due consideration will be given to the role of historic and socio-cultural factors in the development and transformation of English, with a focus on the present time, and on the socio-cultural factors that have contributed to making English the global lingua franca.
“The history of English from a sociolinguistic perspective”
The following historical periods will be considered:
-Early Modern English
-Late Modern English
-Present Day English
For each of these periods, aspects related to the social and cultural history, and to relevant linguistic changes will be discussed, with a special focus on Present Day English.
Barbara Fennell (2001). A History of English. A Sociolinguistic Approach. Oxford: Blackwell (chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8.2-8.4).
Gerry Knowles (1997). A Cultural History of the English Language. London: Hodder Education.
Joan C. Beal (2004). English in Modern Times. London: Hodder Education.
Stephan Gramley (2012). The History of English. An Introduction. Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
Nicola Galloway and Heath Rose (2015). Introducing Global Englishes. Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
Keith Johnson (2016). The History of Early English. London: Routledge.
The course is structured in 18 teaching sessions and combines frontal teaching with class activities.
The pdf. docs of the teaching sessions as well as other materials for the final oral exam will be made available on the e-learning platform during the course.
The course will be held in English.
|Gerry Knowles||A Cultural History of the English Language||Hodder Education||1997||9780340676806|
|Barbara A. Fennell||A History of English. A Sociolinguistic Approach.||Blackwell||2001||0-631-20073-8|
|Joan C. Beal||English in Modern Times||Hodder Education||2004||0340761172|
|Galloway, N. and Rose, H.||Introducing Global English||Routledge||2015||978-0-415-83531-2|
|Keith Johnson||The History of Early English||Routledge||2016||9781138795457|
|Stephan Gramley||The History of English. An Introduction.||Routledge||2012||978-0-415-56639-1|
Contents: students will be examined on the range of topics listed in the syllabus
Aims: the exam aims at evaluating
- knowledge and understanding of the topics in the syllabus
- critical and reflective thinking as well as analytical skills
- clarity of argumentation
- use of appropriate jargon
Assessment: an oral exam consisting of questions on theoretical issues covered in the course and on related metalinguistic knowledge.
Final note: the contents of the exam are the same for attending and non-attending students. All students will be tested for the same skills (see exam aims).