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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

This module has been designed in order to familiarize students with an area which we consider basic for the study of any language, including the English language: Lexicology. First, an introduction to Lexicology and to its central notions will be offered, and also to its limits and relationships with other shared-interest disciplines, such as Lexicography. More specifically, we shall study the main mechanisms involved in word formation in English, together with the relationships existing between words, both native and borrowed from other languages.



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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22


General competences of the degree (CG):
CG1: Capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical reasoning.
CG4: Capacity for team work and team leadership.

Specific competences (CE):
CE5: Ability to learn and suitably use English grammar.
CE8: Ability to recognize linguistic variation and sociolinguistic variation in English.
CE15: Ability to apply methods and techniques for the linguistic analysis of English from a syncronic or a diachronic perspective.
CE20: Ability to apply the knowledge acquired on English morphology, lexicology and terminology.

Learning goals:

General goals

- Describing, analyzing and explaining the lexical and morphological mechanisms of the English language.
- Describing and analyzing the relationships existing between lexical units in the English language.

Conceptual goals

- Knowing the word-formation processes typical of the various registers and varieties of the English language.
- Comparing the various word-formation mechanisms of English with those typical of the students' mother language.
- Developing an ability to suitably assess the classifications and approaches made by scholars studying these topics.

Procedural goals

- Carrying out practical tasks with authentic materials (newspapers, magazines, Internet, etc.) where the currently most productive processes may be analyzed.

Attitudinal goals

- Valuing and showing a positive attitude towards the knowledge of English lexis and of the social, cultural and linguistic factors involved.

- Possessing a gender perspective regarding lexis, and being aware of inclusive and non-discriminatory linguistic strategies.




Code: 31034
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,80
Practical credits: 0,60
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,8
    Practical credits: 0,6
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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