The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of English pragmatics and 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.
The study of such linguistic perspectives is a prerequisite in order to approach the translation world.
In the second part of the course, the concepts of translation and Translation Studies will be introduced, together with an overview of the main linguistic areas that present challenges in translation from English into Italian.
By the end of the course students will have attained a C1 language level of competence.
The main topics covered will be:
- Conversational Implicature
- Speech Act Theory
- De Beaugrande and Dressler’s (1980) model of textual analysis;
- Text, context and co-text; text vs. non-text;
- Standards of Textuality;
- The notions of text type and genre;
- Writer, recipient and purpose of the message;
- Classification of various text types and analyses of texts;
-Introduction to Translation Studies
-Contrastive Analysis (English-Italian)
Huang, Yan (2006) Pragmatics, Oxford, Oxford University Press (Ch. 1; Ch.2: 23-35; 54-63; Ch.4 : 93-131)
De Beaugrande Robert and Wolfgang U. Dressler (1980) Introduction to Text Linguistics, London, Longman (parte: Basic Notions)
Munday, Jeremy (2016) Introducing Translation Studies. Theories and Applications, London, Routledge (Fourth Edition)
Additional references will be indicated during the course. Every possible variation in the reading list will also be announced through the course website.
|Munday, Jeremy||Introducing Translation Studies. Theories and applications (Edizione 3)||Routledge||2012||0415584892|
|De Beaugrande, Robert and Wofgang U. Dressler||Introduction to Text Linguistics||Longman||1981||0-582-55485-3|
|Huang, Yan||Pragmatics||Oxford University Press||2007||978-0-19-924368-6|
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists in a written test with questions and exercises on text analysis.
English Language Level Required
Level 4 (ALTE), C1 level.
Prerequisites: English Language 2; English Literature and Culture 2 ; C1 level of linguistic competence