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Module code:PLIN3003(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Semantic-Pragmatic Development
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):3,4,
Module prerequisites:PLIN1001 Logic and Meaning A and PLIN1002 Logic and Meaning B, and an intermediate module in semantics or pragrmatics; or equivalent  
Module outline:The module focuses on children's developing pragmatic competence and, within this domain, a selection from the following topics will be covered: - The acquisition of various cognitive abilities necessary for full-fledged linguistic communication (e.g., grasp of understanding of common ground). - The development and understanding of pointing and ostensive gestures. - The role of pragmatics in language acquisition, and in particular, word learning. - The early production and understanding of pronouns. - The early production and understanding of quantifiers. - The early production and understanding of scalar inferences (and other types of implicatures). - The early production and understanding of non-literal language (metaphor and irony).  
Module aims:- To delineate the theoretical issues raised by children's early acquisition of communicative skills and language. - To explain the uses (and misuses) of developmental experimental data for theoretical accounts of pragmatic skills. - To achieve an appreciation of the development through childhood of a wide range of pre-linguistic and linguistic pragmatic processes (including pointing, non-literal interpretation, metaphor, irony, implicatures).  
Module objectives:Intended learning outcomes: - Understanding of the concepts and issues outlined in the aims of the module given above. - Understanding of the importance of the interaction and interdependence of pragmatic theorizing and experimental research on early communication skills. - An ability to provide a pragmatic analysis of some of the experimental results on children's communicative competence.  
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen one-hour written examination 50.00%.
Portfolio (2,000 words) 50.00%. 
Notes:Available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students should register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:available as an option 
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