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LINGUA E TRADUZIONE: LINGUA INGLESE III
MARCELLA BERTUCCELLI
Anno accademico2016/17
CdSLINGUE E LETTERATURE STRANIERE
Codice073LL
CFU9
PeriodoPrimo semestre

ModuliSettoreTipoOreDocente/i
LINGUA E TRADUZIONE: LINGUA INGLESE IIIL-LIN/12LEZIONI54
MARCELLA BERTUCCELLI unimap
GLORIA CAPPELLI unimap
Obiettivi di apprendimento
Learning outcomes
Conoscenze

The course has two main objectives. The first is to become familiar with the pragmatic notions and categories mentioned above so that they can be used as as tools for the analysis of English real texts and conversations; the other is to make students aware of the cultural specificities of some figures of speech and of their use in written texts. Enrichment of the vocabulary is also an objective of the Course.

Knowledge

The course has two main objectives. The first is to become familiar with the pragmatic notions and categories mentioned above so that they can be used as as tools for the analysis of English real texts and conversations; the other is to make students aware of the cultural specificities of some figures of speech and of their use in written texts. Enrichment of the vocabulary is also an objective of the Course.

Prerequisiti (conoscenze iniziali)

In order to sit the exam on the course students must have passed the English language 1 and 2 exams.

The course is made up of two parts: a thematic course given by the lecturers (prof. Bertuccelli and Dr. Cappelli) and a "lettorato"  (language practice) taught by English speaking instructors (Dr. Hale and Dr. Smith). The thematic course will be given in the first semester. Both the Course and the lettorato aim at bringing the participants to the C1 (advanced) level of proficiency in English. To this end, students are expected to follow both as part of the course work. The thematic course will take place in the first term (September – December). The lettorato will cover the two terms (September - December and February – May). In order to complete the course and receive the 9 credits, all students are required to take a written assessment test focusing on the contents of the thematic course and a language proficiency test verifying the attainment of the C1 proficiency level in English. (More information on the lettorato classes is available on MOODLE-CLI). Internationally recognized certificates of language proficiency (e.g. CAE, IELTs, etc. – not older than two years) can be presented as proof of the required language proficiency in substitution of the lettorato test.

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites

In order to sit the exam on the course students must have passed the English language 1 and 2 exams.

The course will be given in the first semester and is aimed at a C1 level of   language proficiency. To this end, students are also expected to follow, as part of their individual job, two “lettorati” –one for the written (Dr. Steve Smith) and one for the oral skills practice ( Dr. Tracy Hale) (information on MOODLE-CLI). The two “lettorati” are active during the first and the second semester. After the two semesters, students must sit for a language test aimed at the C1 level. Passing the test is essential to get the credits and the final mark . The Lettorato report can be replaced by an international certificate.

Programma (contenuti dell'insegnamento)

TITLE OF THE COURSE: Pragmatics and Figurative Language

MODULE A:

Pragmatics is basically the study of how speakers use words and sentences to convey meaning above and beyond their literal expressions. This course surveys several core issues in pragmatics and English figurative language. The Pragmatics module will be particularly concerned with the distinction between semantic and pragmatic meaning. Topics: 1. semantics vs. pragmatics; 2.context and types of knowledge necessary to recover intended meaning (situational, general background knowledge, interpersonal), deixis; 3. entailment and presupposition; 4. speech acts; 5 inferences and the Cooperative principle; 6. theories of politeness; 7. intercultural pragmatics; 8. pragmatics in specific discourse domain; 9. discourse markers;10.meaning and humour: the contribution of semantics and pragmatics. 

Module B:   Figurative Language

The Figurative Language module will explore the literal / non- literal meaning debate, with special focus on the following topics: Idioms, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Metonymy, Irony, Understatement , Overstatement. Theoretical approaches: Gricean Pragmatics , Relevance Theory, Cognitive Linguistics.

Syllabus

TITLE OF THE COURSE: PRagmatics and Figurative Language

MODULE A:

Pragmatics is basically the study of how speakers use words and sentences to convey meaning above and beyond their literal expressions. This course surveys several core issues in pragmatics and English figurative language. The Pragmatics module will be particularly concerned with the distinction between semantic and pragmatic meaning. Topics: 1. semantics vs. pragmatics; 2.context and types of knowledge necessary to recover intended meaning (situational, general background knowledge, interpersonal), deixis; 3. entailment and presupposition; 4. speech acts; 5 inferences and the Cooperative principle; 6. theories of politeness; 7. intercultural pragmatics; 8. pragmatics in specific discourse domain; 9. discourse markers;10.meaning and humour: the contribution of semantics and pragmatics. 

Module B:   Figurative Language

The Figurative Language module will explore the literal / non- literal meaning debate, with special focus on the following topics: Idioms, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Metonymy, Irony, Understatement , Overstatement. Theoretical approaches: Gricean Pragmatics , Relevance Theory, Cognitive Linguistics.

Bibliografia e materiale didattico

Module A:

Cutting, J. (2015), Pragmatics. A resource book for students, 3rd Ed., London and NY : Routledge. 

Goatly, A. (2012), Meaning and Humour, Cambridge: CUP. 

O’Keeffe, A.,  Clancy, B. and Adolphs, S. (2011) Introducing Pragmatics in Use, London and NY : Routledge

Module B:

R.Gibbs & H.L. Colston, 2012, Interpreting Figurative Meaning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (chapters 1,2,3,4). 

 M.Bertuccelli, 2009, “Implicitness”, in Key notions  for pragmatics, J.Verschuren and I.Ostman eds,  Benjamins, pp. 139-162. 

M.Bertuccelli, 2013, “A preliminary study of Idiomatic and figurative uses of “hand” in English and “mano” in Italian: embodiment and cultural filters”, in Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, pp. 9-16.

Z. Kovecses, 2010, Metaphor, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., pp. 3-48.

M.McCarthy- R. Carter, 2004, “There’s millions of them”: hyperbole in everyday conversation, Journal of pragmatics 36, pp.149-184.

Gibbs, R. ,2007, Idioms. in Geeraerts, D. and Cuyckens, H., (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Oxford: OUP.

 

*Further readings may be suggested during the Course.

 

 

Bibliography

Module A:

Cutting, J. (2015), Pragmatics. A resource book for students, 3rd Ed., London and NY : Routledge. 

Goatly, A. (2012), Meaning and Humour, Cambridge: CUP. 

O’Keeffe, A.,  Clancy, B. and Adolphs, S. (2011) Introducing Pragmatics in Use, London and NY : Routledge

Module B:

R.Gibbs & H.L. Colston, 2012, Interpreting Figurative Meaning, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (chapters 1,2,3,4). 

 M.Bertuccelli, 2009, “Implicitness”, in Key notions  for pragmatics, J.Verschuren and I.Ostman eds,  Benjamins, pp. 139-162. 

M.Bertuccelli, 2013, “A preliminary study of Idiomatic and figurative uses of “hand” in English and “mano” in Italian: embodiment and cultural filters”, in Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, pp. 9-16.

Z. Kovecses, 2010, Metaphor, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., pp. 3-48.

M.McCarthy- R. Carter, 2004, “There’s millions of them”: hyperbole in everyday conversation, Journal of pragmatics 36, pp.149-184.

Gibbs, R. ,2007, Idioms. in Geeraerts, D. and Cuyckens, H., (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Oxford: OUP.

 

*Further readings may be suggested during the Course.

 

 

 

Indicazioni per non frequentanti

Students who cannot attend the Course are kindly invited to contact the teachers.

Non-attending students info

Students who cannot attend the course are kindly invited to contact the Teachers.

Modalità d'esame

The exam is a written test (10 questions) on the topics of the Course.

Assessment methods

The exam is a written test (ten questions) on the topics of the course.

Note

Il corso si volge in Lingua Inglese.

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Notes

Language of the Course: ENGLISH

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