Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alice Gaby


Previously coded LIN3310


Semantics is concerned with the meaning of every kind of linguistic constituent and expression in language(from the smallest morphemes and words to complex sentences and texts), as well as the relationships that hold between them. Pragmatics is concerned with how speakers use linguistic forms in particular contexts to communicate more than the semantic content of those forms, as well as how their addressees draw inferences in order to arrive at a shared understanding (or not!). This unit considers the nature of linguistic meaning and how it can be best represented, drawing on natural language data from around the world.


On successful completion of this unit students should:

  1. able to explain the fundamental concepts for of linguistic semantics and pragmatics;
  2. be able to apply techniques and procedures, methods and skills presented in the unit in order to combine theoretical exegesis of several methods of inquiry with detailed semantic analysis;
  3. be equipped with the basic tools and skills needed to progress to original research in semantics and pragmatics;
  4. be able to interpret the semantic and/or pragmatic content of natural language exchanges.


Written work(total 4500 words): 90%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A first-year sequence in Linguistics or Communications.