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Module code:PLIN2004(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Pragmatics and Cognition
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Richard Breheny
Organiser's location:Chandler House
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Module prerequisites:PLIN2002 (Pragmatic Theory) 
Module outline:(2012-13 outline; to be updated) This module explores several areas of pragmatics in which experimental research has been conducted in order to test opposing theories. A wide range of empirical studies will be examined (including studies of language production and comprehension in adults, as well as typical and atypical development in children), while keeping a focus on the underlying theories. Special attention will be paid to Relevance Theory, as a cognitive pragmatic theory that has generated empirical work in various areas of pragmatics. 
Module aims:(2012-13 outline; to be updated) (1) To develop an understanding of the theoretical issues covered in the course and (2) to critically examine the available empirical evidence in support (or against) the different theoretical positions. Examples of the areas covered in the course include the derivation of scalar implicatures, the use and comprehension of referential expressions, figurative language and developmental pragmatics – all with a special focus on Relevance Theory.  
Module objectives:(2012-13 outline; to be updated) (1) To provide students with a good understanding of the theoretical debates that have motivated empirical work in different areas of pragmatics, and (2) to give them the tools to critically examine the experimental procedures and results of the main studies in experimental pragmatics. The third objective is to give students a solid grasp of the main tenets of Relevance Theory as a framework for the course. 
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Module assessment:Portfolio of coursework 100.00%. 
Notes:available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:available as an option 
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