Information for module PLING103
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|Module code:||PLING103(Add to my personalised list)|
|Title:||Semantics and Pragmatics|
|Division:||Division of Psychology and Language Sciences|
|Module organiser:||Nathan Klinedinst|
|Organiser's location:||Room 115C, Chandler House|
|Available for students in Year(s):|
|Module outline:||The following topics will be covered: - Propositional logic (syntax, semantics, proofs) - Predicate logic (syntax, semantics, proofs) - Comparing logic to natural language - Lexical semantics and the nature of concepts - Formal theories of natural language semantics - Syntax-semantics interface - Semantics/pragmatics distinction - Explicit/implicit distinction - Linguistic underdeterminacy of speaker meaning - Kinds of context-sensitivity and pragmatic processes - Gricean pragmatics - Relevance-theoretic pragmatics - Semantics, pragmatics and cognitive modularity - Disambiguation and reference assignment - Non-literal language use (metaphor and irony) - Conversational implicature - Pragmatic inference and theory of mind|
|Module aims:||- To introduce basic concepts in the study of meaning in language - To introduce propositional and predicate logic and to draw out its relevance to the study of natural language semantics - To develop the idea that meaning in natural language can be given a formalised description. - To elucidate the two basic distinctions in linguistic communication: semantics/pragmatics; explicit/implicit utterance meaning - To explain the principles of Relevance Theory and the ways in which it differs from Gricean pragmatics - To achieve an appreciation of the full range of pragmatic processes (including disambiguation, reference assignment, non-literal interpretation, implicature)|
|Module objectives:||The intended learning outcomes are: - Understanding of the concepts and issues outlined in the aims of the module given above - An ability to provide translation of natural language into logical form - An ability to derive simple proofs in propositional and predicate logic - An ability to provide basic formal analysis of the compositional interpretation of natural language sentences - An ability to compare and assess different analytical and theoretical approaches to lexical meaning. - An ability to grasp and discuss the different possible interpretations of utterances in different contexts - An ability to compare and assess different theoretical approaches to semantic/pragmatic issues|
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|Module assessment:||Coursework 20.00%.|
Departmental test one 40.00%.
Departmental test two 40.00%.
|Notes:||available as subsidiary course(numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Taking this module as an option?:||Available as an option module|
|Link to virtual learning environment(registered students only)||http://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1955|
|Last updated:||2013-09-11 10:49:04 by|