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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (LASC11143)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAn introduction to core topics in semantics and pragmatics and their analysis in current linguistic theory, mainly exemplified from English.
Course description An introduction to formal theories of compositional semantics and pragmatics. Topics typically include reference, predication, quantification, modification, modality, assertion, presupposition, and implicature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an awareness of key components of semantic and pragmatic theory
  2. relate elements of semantic and pragmatic theory to key empirical phenomena
  3. analyse novel phenomena in natural language meaning
  4. formulate generalizations over relevant datasets
Reading List
Kearns, Kate. 2011. Semantics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Objective description and analysis of empirical phenomena
Essay writing
Familiarity with major logical formalisms (e.g. first-order predicate logic, lambda calculus)
Keywordssemantics,pragmatics,compositional semantics
Contacts
Course organiserDr Wataru Uegaki
Tel: (0131 6)51 1839
Email: w.uegaki@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
Email: Toni.noble@ed.ac.uk
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