The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students (non-attending students are kindly suggested to e-mail prof. ).
Slides and authentic materials for linguistic anlysis (primary sources): phonetic/phonological, morpho-syntactic, textual, and discursive activities and discussion.
‐ Audio-video interviews, documentaries, presentations; web material.
Compulsory readings (attending and non-attending students):
‐ Seargeant, Philip and Joan Swann (eds.), English in the World. History, Diversity, and Change, Routledge, The Open University, 2012.
- Lindsey, Geoff, 2019, English after the RP. Standard British Pronunciation Today, Palgrave MacMillan.
‐ Beal, Joan C., An Introduction to Regional Englishes, Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
Highly recommended titles for in-depth reading (attending and non-attending students):
‐ Jenkins, Jennifer, Global Englishes. A Resource Book for Students, Routledge, 2015.
Compulsory close reading of the following academic papers, please dowload at 'Biblioteca Digitale di Ateneo' http://www.sba.unimi.it/BibliotecaDigitale/46.html
(attending and non-attending students):
‐ Sharifian, Farzad, "Cultural Linguistics and world Englishes", World Englishes, 2015, pp. 515-531.
‐ Onysko, Alexander, "Modeling world Englishes from the perspective of language contact", World Englishes, 2016, pp. 196-220.
‐ Onysko, Alexander, "Language contact and world Englishes", World Englishes, 2016, pp. 191-195.
‐ Select one of the following titles/books, according to individual interests. Contents and key concepts/notions will be the starting point for the oral exam.
1. Bailey, Richard W., Speaking American. A History of English in the United States, OUP, 2012.
2. Crystal, David, Sounds Appealing. The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation, Profile Books, 2019.
3. Crystal, David, Spell it out. The Singular Story of English Spelling, Profile Books, 2013.
4. Crystal, David, By Hook or by Crook. A Journal in Search of English, Harper Perennial, 2008.
5. Crystal, David, You Say Potato. The Story of English Accents, Macmillan, 2015.
6. Crystal, David, English as a Global Language CUP, March 2012 (2nd).
7. Engel, Matthew, That's the Way it Crumbles. The American conquest of the English Language, Profile Books, 2018.
8. Horobin, Simon, How English Became English. A short history of a global language, OUP, 2016.
9. Machan, Tim William, What is English? And Why Should We Care? OUP, 2013.
10. Murphy, Lynne, The Prodigal Tongue. The Love Hate Relationship between British and American English, Oneworld, 2018.
The book review/commentary will be sent to your teacher/prof. as a .pdf file in order for him/her to assess your work/assignment (min. 18/30-max. 30/30) from 10 to max 5 days (and no later than that) before the selected date/appello to sit your exam.
The structure of the book review in English will highlight: general introduction to the book (contents, key concepts/notions); description and relevance of the main chapters; examples/quotations to support your opinion and evaluation (be precise and include nr of ch. and nr of pp. for your examples/quotations); discussion and final remarks. Your commentary will be the starting point for an in-depth discussion on the key concepts/notions emerged during the course: contact languages, variable, variant, variety, standard vs. non-standard, etc. language change, adaptation, linguistic/culture-bound issues, spelling and phonetic/phonology. Lexis and formulaic expressions, prestige, status, etc.
Your book review will be between 1200-1300 (min.-max.) words in length.
Notice for non-attending students
The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. However, given the complexity of the approach, of the multidimensional text analysis, and of the discussion/argumentation, non-attending students are kindly suggested to e-mail prof. ).