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Semantics - LAN00095M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eytan Zweig
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

The goal of this module is to serve as an introduction to, and overview of, the study of meaning in natural language. It will focus on discussing several core issues in semantics and pragmatics, as well as some of the approaches taken to studying them.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module will train you to be familiar with formal notations and key terminology in both semantics and pragmatics. By the end of the module, you will have acquired a good sense of what the two fields are about and possess a broad foundation that can be built on in the future for those of you who choose to pursue further study in any aspect of meaning in their MA.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to do the following:

  • Apply semantic tests for entailment, implication and presupposition

  • Translate sentences of English into logic

  • Understand some key issues in semantics research

  • Understand the notations commonly used in semantics research papers

Module content

We aim to cover the following topics in this module:

  • Inference, including entailment, presupposition and implicature

  • Logic, including predicate logic and the basics of lambda notation

  • Set theory

  • Issues of reference and quantification

  • Gricean Pragmatics


Task Length % of module mark
Semantics Dossier
N/A 40
Semantics Dossier
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Semantics Dossier Reassessment
N/A 40
Semantics Dossier Reassessment
N/A 60

Module feedback

Every week, you will do exercises and receive in-class oral feedback

For submitted assessments, you will receive individual written feedback within 25 working days of your submission.

Indicative reading


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