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Module code:PLIN1002 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics B
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Nausicaa Pouscoulous
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:PLIN1001 Intro to Semantics and Pragmatics A 
Module outline:This course is a continued introduction to the study of meaning in formalized and natural languages (from PLIN1001) 
Module aims:Provides the requisite background for an advanced course in semantics (PLIN3004). Basic questions are introduced regarding the nature of semantic competence, that aspect of linguistic knowledge that allows speakers to associate meanings with words, phrases and sentences. Formal tools for studying and modelling semantic competence are introduced, in part by studying predicate logic. Particular emphasis is placed on quantification, binding & reference, semantic variation & universals, and the relationships between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.  
Module objectives:(a) to develop competence with basic concepts and tools for studying formal semantics and pragmatics, including predicate logic. (b) to develop an understanding of how theory formation in linguistics proceeds from analysis of linguistic data. (c) to develop an appreciation of the relationships between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics and theorising in and between these areas. 
Key skills provided by module:(i) competence with basic formal tools for semantics: set theory, relations and functions, predicate logic. (ii) ability to analyse complex linguistic data and form explanatory hypotheses to explain it. (iii) ability to state formal and semi-formal proofs in arguing for hypotheses. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Portfolio (two assignments 3,000 words total) 100.00% 
Notes:Available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact 
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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Last updated:2017-08-03 08:58:00 by ucjuar1