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Module code:PLIN0010 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Intermediate Pragmatics
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):TBC
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):2, 3
Module prerequisites:PLIN0011. Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics B  
Module outline:This module explores the nature of human communication and the relation between the linguistic encoding of meaning and the (much more extensive) speaker meaning communicated in context. Some recent theories of communication and utterance comprehension are introduced.  
Module aims:The main aims are: (1) to develop an understanding of the kinds of pragmatic principles that regulate human communication and utterance interpretation, (2) to look at the interaction of these principles with the semantics of the linguistic expressions employed and with the speaker-hearer context, and (3) to investigate the many aspects of utterance meaning that go well beyond the linguistically-encoded meaning. Examples of such pragmatically derived meaning are conversational implicatures, reference assignment and non-literal meaning, including metaphor, metonymy and irony, a subset of which are examined in the course, differing from year to year. Among the different theoretical approaches considered are Grice's logic of conversation and Sperber and Wilson's cognitively-based Relevance Theory. 
Module objectives:The main objectives are: (1) to provide students with a basic understanding of the nature of human communication and the ways in which it transcends linguistically-encoded meaning, (2) to ensure a good grasp of the main tenets of the Relevance Theory account of utterance interpretation, and (3) to develop in students the ability to apply the theoretical principles in analysing particular communicative exchanges that may include implicated meaning, non-literal meaning and other components of content that are not derivable from the language used alone.  
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Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 5

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Coursework 2 50.00%
    • Coursework 1 50.00%

PG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • 2 essays 100.00%
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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Last updated:2018-09-12 09:53:48 by ucjuar1