English Language 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2020/2021)

Course code
4S002896
Name of lecturer
Roberta Facchinetti
Coordinator
Roberta Facchinetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This class aims at developing and consolidating students’ competence in the phonological and morphological aspects of contemporary English, also paying attention to their evolution over time. Students should also acquire a linguistic competence in English at a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Syllabus

Pre-requisite: B2 level

1. PHONETICS
- The International Phonetic Alphabet
- speech organs
- vowels and consonants
- voicing
- place of articulation
- manner of articulation
- nucleus placement
- intonation and prosody

2. MORPHOLOGY
- function and lexical words
- morphemes
- inflectional morphology
- derivational morphology
- conversion
- common affixes in English
- compounds, blends and acronyms

3. Origins and development of the English language: THE BASICS

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott Allan An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence (Edizione 4) Palgrave Macmillan 2016 978-0-230-20801-8
Cruttenden, Alan Gimson's Pronunciation of English (Edizione 8) Routledge 2014 978-0-4441-8309-2
Facchinetti Roberta Introduction to English Phonetics and Morphology (Edizione 1) QuiEdit 2020 9788864645506

Assessment methods and criteria

WRITTEN EXAM: 30 items on English phonetics and morphology, along with the basics of origins and development of English.

Here follow the most important topics covered by the exam:

- phonetic transcription of a set of words/phrases;
- articulatory description (voicing, place of articulation, manner of articulation) of phonetic symbols;
- assimilation, t-voicing, dark l, clipped syllables, silent letters;
- stressed/unstressed syllables, content words, nucleus placement;
- British English vs American English spelling and pronunciation;
- inflectional morphology;
- derivational morphology;
- prefixes and suffixes;
- compounds, blends and acronyms;
- origins and development of English: the basics.

FOR NON-ATTENDERS: Students who cannot attend the lessons are required to study the reference books quoted online.