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Comparative Semantics - LAN00064M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. George Tsoulas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module approaches formal semantics and semantic generalisations from a comparative and crosslinguistic perspective focusing on the relation of semantic variation to its morphosyntactic correlates and manifestations

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to explore formal semantic notions from a comparative and crosslinguistic perspective. 

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have:

an in-depth understanding of the notion of semantic generalization

the ability to recognize and analyze the different strategies that languages may employ in order to signal the same or similar semantic content;

the ability to construct and deploy cogent syntactic, semantic and phonological arguments in the analysis of the relevant phenomena;

an understanding of the parameters of variation in semantic structure and more generally on matters relating to its interface with syntax.

Students will also perfect their presentation skills, teamwork and research management


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 5000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 5000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be provided in seminars and one-to-one meetings

Indicative reading

Veneeta Dayal: Questions, OUP 2017.

George Tsoulas, Semantics and Universal Grammar. 2017

George Tsoulas and Norman Yeo, Scope assignment, from WH to QR, Glossa, 2017, 10.5334/gjgl.308

Kai von Fintel and Lisa Matthewson 2008, Universals in Semantics, The Linguistic Review

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