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Intermediate Semantics - LAN00011I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eytan Zweig
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

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


Task Length % of module mark
Exercise set 1
N/A 20
Exercise set 2
N/A 20
Final Coursework
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: coursework
N/A 100

Module feedback


Weekly exercises followed by model answers and discussion in class.


Model answers and discussion. Opportunity for individual-level feedback during office hours.


Mark sheet and model answers.

Indicative reading

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

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.