Meaning - LL832

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module will introduce students to the study of semantic meaning. The focus will be on developing a fluency with analytical tools in semantics and pragmatics, and using these to explain a range of phenomena. Topics covered will include truth-conditional semantics, reference, presupposition, conversational implicature, and Speech Act Theory. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon real data and analyse the processes of conveying and understanding meaning.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Linguistics.

Method of assessment

Take-home assignment 1 (1500 words) - 40%;
Take-home assignment 2 (2000 words) - 60%

Indicative reading

Birner, B. (2012). Introduction to Pragmatics. Wiley-Blackwell;
Chierchia, G., and S. McConnell-Ginet (2000). Meaning and Grammar. An Introduction to Semantics, MIT Press;
Jaszczolt, K. (2002). Semantics and Pragmatics: Meaning in Language and Discourse, Pearson Education;
Kearns, K. (2011). Semantics (2nd edn.). Palgrave Macmillan;
Saeed, J. (2008). Semantics. 3rd edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and systematic understanding of concepts and terminology used to account for the way in which meaning is conveyed;
Students will be able to demonstrate systematic understanding of core topics in linguistic meaning and of how semantic and pragmatic theory explains them;
Students will be able to critically evaluate accounts of meaning-related phenomena, including those that have posed challenges for traditional theories;
Students will be able to develop practical linguistic research skills by analysing real data, discussing their findings, and attempting generalisations relevant to the important questions in the field

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