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Pragmatics and Cognition (PLIN0012)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
This is an advanced level module in pragmatics and presupposes a knowledge of intermediate pragmatics, as provided by PLIN0010 Intermediate Pragmatics, or equivalent.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

This module explores several areas of pragmatics in which experimental research has been conducted in order to test opposing theories. A wide range of empirical studies will be examined (including studies of language production and comprehension in adults, as well as typical and atypical development in children), while keeping a focus on the underlying theories.

Main aims (1) To develop an understanding of the theoretical issues covered in the course and (2) to critically examine the available empirical evidence in support (or against) the different theoretical positions. Examples of the areas covered in the course include the derivation of scalar implicatures, the use of Theory of Mind or perspective information with referential expressions, figurative language and developmental pragmatics.

Main objectives (1) To provide students with a good understanding of the theoretical debates that have motivated empirical work in different areas of pragmatics, and (2) to give them the tools to critically examine the experimental procedures and results of the main studies in experimental pragmatics.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
25% Poster Assignment
75% Coursework 2
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
15
Module leader
Dr Richard Breheny
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% Portfolio of coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
11
Module leader
Dr Richard Breheny
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

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