LING 785: Semantics and Pragmatics

LING 785-001: Semantics and Pragmatics
(Spring 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R


Section Information for Spring 2021

How do we define a word without resorting to synonyms? How is the meaning of a sentence built from the meanings of its parts? What kinds of meanings do listeners infer from what a speaker doesn't say? LING 785 is an introduction to the theory of meaning in natural language. We will survey various topics in linguistic semantics and pragmatics, including word definition, predication, quantification, logical connectives, compositionality, tense and aspect, thematic roles, implicatures, and illocutionary force.

LING 785 is a distance education section taught synchronously. Students should be available on the scheduled day and time.

LING 785-001 is a distance education section.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Developments in theoretical linguistics that explore how language form relates to meaning and context. Topics include reference, lexical semantics, logic, quantification, truth conditions and sentential meaning, presuppositions, and speech acts. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786; or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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