Introduction to English linguistics
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 14, 2022 al May 28, 2022.
This 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.
Students are required to study the material posted on the Moodle platform dedicated to this course (slides...) . Students are encouraged to answer the self-assessment questions.
The birth of English. (Baugh)
- Waves of invaders/settlers and Placenames
- The classical periodization
* Old English (800-1100) Futhark: Frank Casket and Ruthwell Cross, Manuscripts: Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
* Middle English (1100-1500). Chaucer (1340-1400) Canterbury tales, late medieval sermon cycle
* Early Modern English (1500-1750) Nathaniel Bacon’ letters (16th century), Shakespeare (1564-1616), King James Bible 1611, Late Modern English (1750 1900) Jane Austin 1775-1817
* Present Day English: radio/TV spoken standards and varieties, Revised Version of the New testament, New Revised Version of the New Testament, text-messaging, Web-page, the proliferation of discourse standards by Multinational companies, new English(es)
Investigating language change: the loss of inflections, the Great Vowel Shift. (Baugh)
Syntheticy and Analycity (Chapter 52 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
Introduction to sociocultural processes and language change. (Chapter 28 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
Interpreting language change from the perspective of power, ideology and culture. (Chapters 30, 32, 33 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
KEY sociocultural processes in the history of English:
1. stratification, (Chapter 33 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
2. standardization, (Chapter 31 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
3. colonialization, (Chapter 25 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
4. globalization, (Chapters 34, 37 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
5. industrialization and urbanization, (Chapters 27, 45 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
6. democratization, (Chapter 29 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
7. cultural assimilation (Chapter 42 Oxford Handbook of the History of English)
Visualizza la bibliografia con Leganto, strumento che il Sistema Bibliotecario mette a disposizione per recuperare i testi in programma d'esame in modo semplice e innovativo.
The final exam is an oral interview in English. Students are expected to prove their knowledge of the topics of the course. Please make reference to the material posted in Moodle. The bibliographical material is the basic reference for the course.