Postgraduate Course: Pragmatics (10 Credits) (LASC11169)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The study of Pragmatics focuses on language meaning in context. In this course we discuss a range of pragmatic phenomena from both theoretical and experimental perspectives.
The course is about how language acquires meaning in context. In many situations, what speakers mean goes beyond what they explicitly say. This course discusses formal models which have been proposed for explaining how these meanings are conveyed between cooperative interlocutors. Specific topics include presuppositions and implicatures, which often arise within the sentence, as well as higher level discourse phenomena such as coreference and coherence. We examine these using both naturally occurring data and the results of experimental investigation.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Final assignment 100%
||Sample assignment essay topics will be shared in class with discussion of model answers.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand and discuss important concepts in pragmatics
- analyse naturally occurring linguistic data for both structure and function
- evaluate different kinds of explanation in the field of pragmatics
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Engage critically with primary research literature
Compose an argument supported by experimental evidence
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Rohde
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188