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Module code:PLING103 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Semantics and Pragmatics
Credit value:30
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):
Module prerequisites:none 
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 timetable: 
Module assessment:Take-home examination one (2,000 words) 35.00%
Coursework (2,000 words) 35.00%
Take-home examination one (1,000 words) 30.00% 
Notes:available as subsidiary course(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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