Students should be in a position to argue for or against particular analyses, to evaluate semantic hypotheses and to relate language data to semantic theory. They will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical semantics.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main topics of lexical semantis; the course focuses on issues such as the typology of lexical semantic maps, space, tense, aspect.
Topics in Semantics, typology of lexical semantic maps, space, tense, aspect
Additional bibliography for study
François, A. (2008). Semantic Maps and the Typology of Colexification: Intertwining Polysemous Networks across Languages. In: M. Vanhove (Ed.), From Polysemy to Semantic Change. Towards a Typology of Lexical Semantic Associations (pp. 163–215). Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Haspelmath, M. (2003). The geometry of grammatical meaning: Semantic maps and cross-linguistic comparison. In: M. Tomasello (Ed.), The new psychology of language, Vol. 2 (pp. 211–242). Mahwah/ New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Svorou, S. (1994). The Grammar of Space. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.