Faculty of Arts


LINGUIST 206

Semantics and Pragmatics


Description

Course overview

This course provides an introduction to a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance to the study of meaning.

The semantics part selects topics from structural, truth-conditional and cognitive semantics. Topics to be covered may include word, sentence and utterance meaning, denotation, reference and sense, various sense relations, componential analysis, ambiguity and vagueness and truth conditions/values.

The pragmatics part deals with some of the central topics in pragmatics such as the domain of pragmatics, conversational implicature, conventional implicature and speech acts.

 

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Availability 2020

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Professor Yan Huang

Reading/Texts

Huang, Y. (2014). Pragmatics. (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics). 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.

Reading lists, one for semantics and one for pragmatics, will be provided.

Points

LINGUIST 206: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

LINGUIST 100 or 103

Restrictions

LINGUIST 302


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