This module explores the extent and nature of semantic variation in natural languages and its relationship to syntax and acquisition.
Our understanding of the reasons why languages vary is dependent on understanding the limits of variation and its locus (in the syntax, the lexicon, the morphology). In this module we look at cases that argue in favour of at least some variation being associated with the semantics of expressions. This controversial position has very far reaching consequences which we formulate clearly and examine in detail.
By the end of the module the students will:
Note that a Research Extension module can be taken alongside this module, for students who wish to write a dissertation.
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
One two-hour seminar per week.
The following topics will be covered:
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in:
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