Advanced English Linguistics

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course is devoted to studying discourse. It goes beyond the study of traditional aspects of linguistics (phonetics, morphology, lexis, syntax) to embrace large collections of texts (corpora). It is addressed to graduate students, who have some grounding in the basic concepts of linguistics. The course will introduce students to the methodology of corpus linguistics with which different types of discourse in the domain of the arts will be analysed in order to explore the implicit and intricate social and cultural dimensions.
Expected learning outcomes
The knowledge and understanding of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. Applying knowledge and understanding to access a variety of machine readable corpora (Wordbanks Online, British National Corpus, SketchEngine) and to carry out a linguistic analysis on them via the wordlist, keyword list, collocations, and concordances techniques; and to be able to critique different types of discourse from a linguistic point of view in order to reveal hidden and taken-for-granted social and cultural trends.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The name of the course is Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis.

6/9 CFU (credits) - Units A+B (compulsory) / C (optional)

The course is made up of two didactic units (A and B) for the 6-credit exam and three units (A, B and C) for the 9-credit exam. All three units are held in the first semester.

Unit A (20 hours, 3 credits): An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (prof. Laura Pinnavaia)
Unit B (20 hours, 3 credits): Corpus Querying, Data Extraction and Interpretation (prof. Barbara Berti)
Unit C (20 hours, 3 credits): The critical analysis of the English social and cultural world (corresponds to unit B of English Language 2) (prof. Laura Pinnavaia)

The 6-credit exam consists of two compulsory didactic units (A and B); students interested in the 9-credit exam are required to add unit C. This unit corresponds to (and is taken from) unit B of the English Language 2 course for MA students, which is also held in the first semester.

The syllabus is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
This course is addressed to all students enroled in the degree course Lingue e Letterature Europee ed Extraeuropee.

The course is held entirely in English.
Teaching methods
The course is is mainly delivered as lectures, which also include practical activities on computers.
Teaching Resources
The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are kindly requested to e-mail prof. Laura Pinnavaia (laura.pinnavaia@unimi.it).

Materials and slides used in class are available on the English Language 2 Ariel platfrom.


Reading list:

Sinclair, John (1991), Corpus, concordance, collocation, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Baker, Paul (2006), Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis, Bloomsbury, London.
Machin, David and Andrea Mayr (2012), How to do Critical Discourse Analysis, Sage, London


Notice for non-attending students
The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are kindly requested to e-mail prof. Laura Pinnavaia (laura.pinnavaia@unimi.it).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral discussion. The final mark, between 18/30 (minimum) and 30/30 (maximum), is derived from the averaged total of the two (6-credit exam) or three (9-credit exam) didactic units.

ORAL EXAM
Discussion on key concepts and notions: the focus is on those specific topics introduced in the two/three didactic units. Both the theoretical approach (metalinguistic, metatextual, metadiscursive), and the practical exemplification (case studies) will be assessed. Exposition and argumentation skills, and practical evidence will positively characterise oral interaction.


Attending students will also be able to take an end-of term written test on all three units, whose mark will be valid until January-Februry 2022.

Oral exam assessment criteria: 1. appropriate presentation and discussion of topics, notions, and concepts; 2. discourse organisation; 3. lexical richness and accuracy; 4. lexical propriety; 5. lexical variety; 6. detailed text analysis (especially related to spelling variants, phonological system, and morpho-syntax of the varieties examined and discussed); 7. speaking skills.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Pinnavaia Laura
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Berti Barbara
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Pinnavaia Laura
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