ENGLISH LINGUISTICS AND ESP

L-LIN/12 - 12 CFU - Annual Tuition

Teaching Staff

MARCO VENUTI
Email: mvenuti@unict.it
Office: DISUM, piazza Dante 32
Phone: 0957102244
Office Hours: controllare su http://www.disum.unict.it/docenti/marco.venuti
IAIN ANDREW HALLIDAY
Email: halliday@unict.it
Office: ex-Monastero dei Benedettini, piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania
Phone: 095 7102269
Office Hours: martedì, h. 10:00--12:00, giovedì, h. 16:00--17:30


Learning Objectives

This course aims at consolidating the acquisition of structures and skills at the C1+ level of CEFRL.

The module aims at analysing language within the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis to stimulate the students’ critical awareness with reference to linguistic choices enacted by media. It also aims at providing means for the analysis of ESP texts with particular reference to News Discourse, and of Social Media.


Course Structure

Lectures and workshops.



Detailed Course Content

The module is divided into three sub-modules:

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) (Prof. Halliday): This sub-module offers an introduction to CDA for a critical reading and interpretation of various authentic texts

News Discourse (Prof. Halliday/prof Venuti): This sub-module focuses on news discourse and specifically on journalism practices.

The Language of Social Media (Prof. Venuti): This sub-module focuses on the language of social media from a variety of perspectives.



Textbook Information

Analisi Ciritca del discorso:

Machin, David and Mayr, Andrea 2012, How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis A Multimodal Introduction, London, SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 236.

Castro Seixas, Eunice, “War Metaphors in Political Communication on Covid-19”, Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 5 2021, https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fsoc.2020.583680

Törnberg, Anton and Törnberg, Petter, “Muslims in social media discourse: Combining topic modeling and critical discourse analysis”, Discourse, Context & Media,Volume 13, Part B, September 2016, Pages 132-142, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2016.04.003

Il linguaggio dell’informazione:

Bednarek, Monika and Caple, Helen 2012 News Discourse, Bloomsbury Publishing, Chapters 1, 2 and 4 (pp. 1-38 and 84-110).

Bednarek, Monika and Caple, Helen 2017 The Discourse of News Values. How News organisations Create Newsworthiness, Oxford University Press, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 (pp. 1-133 and 171-194).

McLoughlin, Linda “Multimodal constructions of feminism”, in Jo Angouri and Juduth Baxter (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, London: Routledge, pp. 494-508.

Fruttaldo, Antonio e Venuti, Marco 2017 “A cross-cultural discursive approach to news values in the press in the US, the UK and Italy: The case of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage”. In ESP Across Cultures, 14, pp. 81-97.

Il linguaggio dei social media:

Page, Ruth, Barton, David, Unger, Johann W., Zappavigna, Michele 2014 Researching Language and Social Media. A Student Guide, London Routledge, pp. 201.

Krendel, A., McGlashan, M., & Koller, V. (forthcoming 2022). The representation of gendered social actors across five manosphere communities on Reddit. Corpora, 17(2), pp. 25.

Leppänen, Sirpa and Tapionkaski, Sanna 2021 “Doing gender and sexuality intersectionally in multimodal social media practices” in Jo Angouri and Juduth Baxter (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, London: Routledge, pp. 543-556.

Varis, Pila 2021 “Digital ethnography in the study of language, gender, and sexuality”, in Jo Angouri and Juduth Baxter (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, London: Routledge, pp. 164-177.

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.




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