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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: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module explores the extent and nature of semantic variation in natural languages. We will re-evaluate in what ways our understanding of semantic phenomena discussed in earlier modules (e.g. quantification and modality) has to be extended to account for semantic variation. In addition, we will examine some semantic phenomena that are not prominently represented in English and its related languages (e.g. evidentiality).

Module learning outcomes

have an understanding of the issues in semantic variation

be able to evaluate what aspects of meaning exhibit variation across languages 

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

be able to discuss morpho-syntactic reflexes of semantic variation



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

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
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


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