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Crosslinguistic Semantics - LAN00056H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. George Tsoulas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

have an understanding of the issues in semantic variation

be able to define the conditions under which variation can be considered semantic in nature

be able to discuss the morpho-syntactic reflexes of semantic variation

be able to appreciate and discuss the consequences for acquisition of semantic variation and variability

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
5,000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
5,000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Feedback will be provided in class and individual meetings. Students will have to submit a 500 word outline of the essay on which individual feedback will be provided.

Summative feedback

Written feedback available at the end of the summer term

Indicative reading

TBC



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