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Module code:PLING201(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Pragmatic Theory
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Richard Breheny
Organiser's location:Room 108, Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):
Module prerequisites:none 
Module outline:The following topics will be covered: - The goals of a pragmatic theory - The data of a pragmatic theory - Linguistic codes and pragmatic inference - Maxim-based approaches to pragmatics - The cognitive principle of relevance - The communicative principle of relevance - The nature of the context of interpretation - Disambiguation and reference assignment - Conversational implicature - Non-literal language use (metaphor and irony) - Pragmatics and the modularity of mind - Testing pragmatic theories  
Module aims:- To delineate the goals and primary data of a pragmatic theory - 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 of this course are: - Understanding of the concepts and issues outlined in the three aims of the module given above - An ability to grasp and discuss the different possible interpretations of utterances in different contexts - An ability to provide an analysis of pragmatic phenomena in both the Gricean framework and the relevance-theoretic framework and to compare and assess them  
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Module assessment:Two essays 100.00%.
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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Last updated:2013-09-11 11:49:17 by ucjteo0