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Intermediate Semantics - LAN00011I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Norman Yeo
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

In this module you will acquire a basic understanding of the formal techniques necessary for the construction of a theory of meaning. You will achieve a basic fluency in the formal languages and you will appreciate the necessity for such rigorous techniques in the study of meaning.

Module learning outcomes

  • Display a basic understanding of the notion of quantification and its manifestations in natural language
  • Display a basic understanding of set theory and its use in model-theoretic semantics
  • Correctly use first order predicate logic to represent natural language sentences
  • Further appreciate the importance of entailment and the distinction between entailment, presupposition, and implicature

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Exercises
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Intermediate Semantics
2 hours 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Intermediate Semantics
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Weekly exercises which the students can hand in and receive feedback by the following week. These exercises are optional. Answer sheets are posted after a week so students who do not hand the exercises in can self-assess.

Indicative reading

Lecture notes and readings will be made available on the VLE.

Recommended additional reading:

Heim, I & Kratzer, A. 1998. Semantics in Generative Grammar. Blackwell.

Gamut, L. T. F. 1991. Logic, Language and Meaning (volume 1). Chicago.



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.