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This course provides an introduction to the main semantic phenomena of natural language and to a simple formal analysis, based on first-order logic, of the semantic structure of sentences. Topics will include truth-conditional theories of meaning, modality and possible worlds, predicates and arguments, truth-functional connectives, quantifiers, tense, scopal ambiguity, and the event-based analysis of action sentences.
This course provides an introduction to central semantic phenomena in natural language, with an emphasis on practical analysis. Throughout the course we will use simple formal representations, based (mainly) on first order logic, to analyse the semantic structure of sentences. Topics will include semantics and pragmatics, truth conditions, predicates and arguments, quantifiers, and tense and aspect.The main aims of this course are to give students a good working understanding of important topics and issues in formal semantics, and to develop students' skills in the practical analysis of data. Given the analytic emphasis, the exercises and practical classes are extremely important.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
LING101 or LING111 or ENGL123 or ENGL112 or any 15 points in PHIL
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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Domestic fee $619.00
International fee $2,688.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Languages and Cultures.