Semantics and Pragmatics
Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for LINGUIST 206.
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.
Coursework + exam
Lecturer(s) Professor Yan Huang
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.
LINGUIST 206: 15 points
LINGUIST 100 or 103