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Semantics: the Study of Meaning in Human Languages (6 points)


Leader: Keith Allan

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2003 (Flexible)

Synopsis: The nature of human language, its meaningful categories and constructions, and their properties, interrelations, and motivations. Formal tools for the representation of meaning, including propositional calculus, predicate logic, and lambda calculus. Theories considered include natural semantic metalanguage, role and reference grammar, and conceptual semantics. This unit provides the basic tools and preparatory skills to progress to original research in semantics.

Assessment: Three assignments: 10%, 40% and 40% + Class test: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (2 x seminars) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Linguistics or Communications

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