History of the English language (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S002984
Name of lecturer
Roberta Facchinetti
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Location
VERONA
Period
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at illustrating

(1) the main steps of the history of the English language,

(2) the history of news-writing in Anglophone countries – from its early beginning to the present time, focussing both on mainstream and on unmediated journalism. Multimodal/multisemiotic journalism will also be illustrated.

Syllabus

The lessons will focus on the following tocpis

1) early studies on language

2) history of English
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English

3) History and development of newspaper language
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Facchinetti, Roberta Dizionario Giornalistico Italiano-Inglese (Edizione 1) Giappichelli 2015 9788834858844
Facchinetti Roberta, Nicholas Brownlees, Birte Bös, Udo Fries News as Changing Texts: Corpora, Methodologies and Analysis (Edizione 2) Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015 978-1-4438-8036-7
Mugglestone, Lynda (ed.) The Oxford History of English (Edizione 2) Oxford University Press 2012 9780199660162

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on the following topics:

1) early studies on language

2) history of English
- Mediterraneans, Celts and Romans
- Anglo-Saxons and Old English
- Vikings and Normans
- Middle English
- Standardization of written English
- Standardization of spoken English

3) History and development of newspaper language
- the early steps of journalistic writing in the 17th century
- Newswriting in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century in Anglophone countries
- Present-day newswriting in English (online and offline journalism)
- multimodal/multisemiotic journalism.

FOR NON-ATTENDERS: Students who cannot attend the lessons are required to contat the teacher in order to agree on the exam programme.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018