07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W
Robinson Hall B218
Section Information for Spring 2020
This course delves into the study of meaning as part of linguistic theory. For many linguists familiar with syntax or phonology, semantics remains a theoretical terra incognita. The exact nature of meaning is a profound question, and the issue of how properly to conduct the semantic enterprise has long been controversial. However, recent decades have seen significant advances made under a truth-conditional, model-theoretic framework. This approach to semantics is presented, contrasted with others, and related to the disciplines of syntax and pragmatics. Various semantic phenomena in natural language are discussed.