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Module code:PLIN0018 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Issues in Pragmatics
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Tim Pritchard
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:PLIN0010 (Pragmatic Theory, completed or concurrent) or equivalent. (From 2017-18 this course is now called 'Intermediate Pragmatics') 
Module outline:The course addresses current debates within the field of pragmatics from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science, linguistics and the philosophy of language. The specific topics may vary from year to year, but will fall within the following areas: the linguistic underdeterminacy of speaker meaning, the semantics/ pragmatics interface, pragmatic processes contributing to truth-conditional content, minimalist versus contextualist semantics, the role of context and the role of speaker intentions, similarities and differences in the aims of semantic theories and communication theories, relevance theory, lexical pragmatics and the nature of word meaning, the role of pragmatics in the interpretation of specific kinds of texts (e.g. legal texts, literary texts).  
Module aims:- To expose students to key current debates in pragmatics - To ensure awareness of the distinction between kinds of utterance comprehension processes (semantic versus pragmatic, and various kinds of pragmatic processes) - To establish understanding of some of the key theoretical positions in semantics/pragmatics (literalism, minimalism, textualism, contextualism, pragmaticism, relativism). 
Module objectives:- Understanding of key current debates in pragmatics - Appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field - Grasp of the kinds of cognitive processes involved in utterance comprehension - Ability to apply different theoretical positions to utterance data.  
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 6

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Coursework 1 50.00%
    • Coursework 2 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:2018-07-31 10:02:50 by ucjuar1