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Issues in Pragmatics (PLIN0018)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
Prerequisite: module PLIN0010, or equivalent intermediate level module in pragmatics.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

The module addresses current debates within the field of pragmatics from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science, linguistics and the philosophy of language. The specific topics may vary from year to year, but will fall within the following areas: the linguistic underdeterminancy of speaker meaning, the semantics/ pragmatics interface, pragmatic processes contributing to truth-conditional content, minimalist versus contextualist semantics, the role of context and the role of speaker intentions, similarities and differences in the aims of semantic theories and communication theories, relevance theory, lexical pragmatics and the nature of word meaning, the role of pragmatics in the interpretation of specific kinds of texts (e.g. legal texts, literary texts). 

The main module aims are:

- To expose students to key current debates in pragmatics

- To ensure awareness of the distinction between kinds of utterance comprehension processes (semantic versus pragmatic, and various kinds of pragmatic processes)

 - To establish understanding of some of the key theoretical positions in semantics/pragmatics (literalism, minimalism, textualism, contextualism, pragmaticism, relativism). 

The main module objectives are:

- Understanding of key current debates in pragmatics

- Appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field

- Grasp of the kinds of cognitive processes involved in utterance comprehension

- Ability to apply different theoretical positions to utterance data.

 

 

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
100% 1 essay
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

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

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
24
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.