Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 21, 2011 al May 28, 2011.
The course aims to provide students with the basic notions of English semantics, syntax and pragmatics and to develop the abilities needed to apply these notions to the analysis of language in use, with specific reference to the language of tourism.
Semantics, syntax and pragmatics of the English language and of multimodal texts for tourism
1. General introduction:
a. Functions of language
b. Levels of linguistic analysis
c. Dimensions of variation
a. Levels of meaning
b. Lexical semantics: Paradigmatic and syntagmatic sense relations
c. Sentence semantics: Semantic roles
d. Text semantics: Coherence and cohesion
a. Syntactic functions
b. Units of syntactic analysis: Phrases, clauses, compound and complex sentences
c. Information structure and variation in sentence structures
a. Context and co-text
b. Speech acts
c. The cooperative principle
5. Beyond language:
a. Notions of syntax and semantics in multimodal texts for tourism
D. Crystal (2003, 2nd Ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. (Part II, English Vocabulary, Chapter 11 and Chapter 12, pp. 156-188; Part III, English Grammar, Chapter 13 ‘Grammatical Mythology’, pp.189-197, and Chapter 16 ‘The structure of sentences’, pp.214-233)
K. Kuiper & W. Scott Allan (2004, 2nd Ed.) English Language. Word, Sound and Sentence, New York, Palgrave Macmillan. (Part I, Words, Chapter 3, pp. 53-100; Part III, Sentences, Chapters 7 and 8, pp. 227-307)
J. Cutting (2002) Pragmatics and Discourse, New York, Routledge.
G. Kress and T. van Leeuwen (2006 2nd Ed.) Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. New York, Routledge.
N. Burton-Roberts (1986) Analysing Sentences, New York, Longman.
Halliday, M. A. K., & Hasan, R. (1976). Cohesion in English. Harlow: Longman.
G. Brown and G. Yule (1983) Discourse Analysis, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Brown, P., & Levinson, S. C. (1978). Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Baldry, A., & Thibault, P. J. (2006). Multimodal Transcription and Text Analysis. A Multimedia Toolkit and Coursebook. London/Oakville: Equinox.
Students are invited to check regularly the course webpage for updates and further materials.
Written test in English including open questions, exercises and analyses.
Prerequisites: Lingua Inglese 1 (English Language 1); English B2 level.
N.B.: Students can take the exam only after obtaining the English B2 level Certification.