Lexicology and Stylistics of the English Language
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Course title in Estonian
Inglise keele leksikoloogia ja stilistika
Course title in English
Lexicology and Stylistics of the English Language
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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Course aims
To give a systematic philological overview of the English lexicon and to create preconditions for the development of students’ ability to analyze morphological, etymological, semantic, and phraseological features of the lexicon and its word-formation processes.
To give a systematic overview of the peculiarities of English style on the phonetic, morphological, lexical, and syntactic level.
Brief description of the course
The following topics are discussed in lecture-seminar format classes: lexicology as a branch of linguistics; morphological structure of words and word-formation processes; the origin of English lexicon; the processes of borrowing and creating new words; homonymy, synonymy and antonymy; phraseology and idiomatic expressions; proverbs and sayings; regional varieties of English words; lexicology and lexicography, dictionary compilation problems.
Independent work includes reading theoretical texts for seminars and compiling practical written assignments on the following topics: designing a word puzzle with neologisms, creating a short story in British and American English, analyzing a literary text (300 words) from morphological, derivational and semantic perspectives.
The notion of style. A short history of English stylistics. Connotation. Stylistic morphology. Phonetic, lexical, syntactic, and graphical rhetorical devices. Stylistic colouring of lexis. Rhythm of prose.
Independent work
Students should work through the theoretical material for the seminars and complete the following written assignments by the deadlines set: creating a word puzzle with 10-15 neologisms to be solved by a group mate; story construction in both American and British English; a morphological, derivational and semantic analysis of a literary text (300 words) selected by the student.
Certain topics are meant for independent study (e.g., Register / Functional styles).
Learning outcomes in the course
Students are able
• to elaborate on the basic terms of lexicology, etymology and phraseology;
• to analyze English words morphologically, derivationally and semantically as well as to see the English lexicon as a systemic entity;
• to implement theory into practice by producing written assignments for academic purposes;
• to evaluate the effectiveness and originality of expressive writing;
• to identify rhetorical devices and comment on their function.
Assessment methods
Exam consisting of a) a written test paper to check students’ knowledge of the pertinent terminology as well as their analytical skills, and b) three written assignments set at intervals throughout the semester.
The stylistics course ends with a written test.
Dotsent Liljana Skopinskaja, lektor Paul Rüsse
Study literature
Jackson, H. & Ze Amvela, E. (2007). Words, Meaning and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern Lexicology. Sec. ed. London & New York: Continuum.
Зыкoвa, И. В. (2007). A Practical Course in English Lexicology. 2nd ed. Moscow: Academia
Minkova, D. & Stockwell, R. (2009) Words: History and Structure. Sec. ed. Cambridge: CUP.
Ladusseva, Irina. Stylistic Practice: Book One. Tallinn, 2000.
———. Stylistic Practice: Book Two. Tallinn, 2000.
———. Vocabulary and Style. Tallinn, 1987.
Käsilehed; materjalid Moodle keskkonnas
Replacement literature
Katamba, F. (2005) English Words: Structure, History, Usage. Sec. ed. London and New York: Routledge.
Halliday, M.A.K., Teubert, W. Yallop, C. & Cermakova, A. (2004) Lexicology and Corpus Linguistics. London & New York: Continuum
Ayto, J. (2007). Oxford Paperback Reference: A Century of New Words. Oxford: OUP.
Ladusseva, I. (1988). English Lexicology: Supplementary Material. Tallinn: Tallinn Pedagogical University.
Manser, M. (2007). Buttering Parsnips, Twocking Chavs: The Secret Life of the English Language. London: Wedenfed & Nicolson.
Galperin, I. Stylistics. Moscow, 1981.
Silva Rhetoricae. Ed. Gideon O. Burton. Brigham Young University. .
Toolan, M. The Language in Literature. Edward Arnold, 1997.
Weber, J.-J. The Stylistics Reader. Longman, 1996.