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Module code:PLIN0019 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Semantic-Pragmatic Development
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Nausicaa Pouscoulous
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:PLIN0001 Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics A and PLIN0011 Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics A, and an intermediate module in semantics or pragmatics; 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 assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 6

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Poster (1000 Words Equivalent) 35.00%
    • Essay (2000 Words) 60.00%
    • Tutorial Participation 5.00%

PG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Essay (2000 Words) 60.00%
    • Poster (1000 Words Equivalent) 35.00%
    • Tutorial Participation 5.00%
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option 
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Last updated:2018-07-31 10:10:37 by ucjuar1