History of the English language (2020/2021)

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
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at leading the students to know in detail: (1) the history of the English language; attention will also be dedicated to the linguistic analysis of texts belonging to Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English; (2) the history of journalistic writing in anglophone countries, from its origins to the present day; multimodal/multisemiotic journalism will also be dealt with. At the end of the course the students will be able to (1) read and understand texts from the different historical periods of the English language (Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English) and (2) identify the linguistic and structural specificities of journalistic writing from its origins to the present day.

Syllabus

A. 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
- English colonialism

B) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

C) THE LANGUAGE OF JOURNALISM FROM PAST TO PRESENT

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Facchinetti Roberta Lexicographers and Grammarians in the History of English (Edizione 1) QuiEdit 2019 978-88-6464-551-3
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. 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
- English colonialism
- World English(es)

2) LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF EXTRACTS OF OLD ENGLISH, MIDDLE ENGLISH AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH TEXTS

3) THE LANGUAGE OF JOURNALISM FROM PAST TO PRESENT

Students who cannot attend are required to study the books mentioned on the webpage of the course.