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Intermediate Pragmatics (PLIN0010)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
This is an intermediate level module which presupposes introductory level pragmatics.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

Different theories of human communication and utterance comprehension are discussed, including Gricean, neo-Gricean and relevance-theoretic approaches. The specific topics and data discussed vary from year to year but are taken from the following list: referring expressions and speaker’s reference, conversational implicatures, pragmatic enrichments of explicit content, word meaning modulation, unarticulated constituents, indexical saturation, non-literal uses of language (metaphor, hyperbole, metonymy, irony). The module is taught by ten weekly lectures and backup classes, with discussion continuing on moodle during the week. By the end of the module, students should have achieved the following:

• An in-depth appreciation of the many ways in which what speakers communicate (and what hearers grasp) transcends linguistically-encoded meaning

• An understanding of the different kinds of pragmatic processes required for full utterance comprehension

• An understanding of the nature of different kinds of non-literal meaning and of different theoretical accounts of them

• An ability to analyse the semantic and pragmatic components of utterances • An ability to critically assess pragmatic theories, claims and arguments

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
50% Coursework 1
50% Coursework 2
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
30
Module leader
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
100% 1 x Essay (3,000 words)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
9
Module leader
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.