SEMANTICS

Course Information
TitleΣΗΜΑΣΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ / SEMANTICS
CodeΓλ2-341
FacultyPhilosophy
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600007055

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
600071462
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
Course description and objectives: The course explores the basic semantic structures in language at the level of words and sentences. Lexical relations, sentence-relations, sense and reference, indexicality, truth-functionality and formal representations of meaning are some of the areas that will be studied. The main objective of the course is to raise an acute awareness that meaning is fundamental in language and communication; the subject matter of the course is at the level at which language makes contact with reality. Learning outcomes • An understanding of the basic issues across subdomains of semantics • Knowledge of the terms used and of the most significant concepts • An appreciation of the variability of semantic problems • Ability to analyse sentences semantically (according to theories taught) • Ability to see the relevance/significance of semantic knowledge to further data at large • Ease to comprehend the various problems involved in the field • Acquisition of a good background for further studies at postgraduate level • Possibly, developing skills at adapting or incorporating semantic analyses into further analyses in other domains of linguistics • Development and consolidation of an almost automatic reflex of semantic motivation in further fields of applied knowledge and practice, most notably in language learning and FLT Students are urged to take this course before taking courses in pragmatics and/or discourse analysis, as knowledge of semantics is fundamental for these other courses. Assessment: Final exam, hand in short exercises. Recommended reading: Eliza Kitis (2012) Semantics. Meaning in Language.Thessaloniki: University Studio Pres. Also 2 e-books available. This course is uploaded at the University’s e-platform https://blackboard.lib.auth.gr/. Students must consult it weekly.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course Description and objectives of 2-341 in English: The course explores the basic semantic structures in language at the level of words and sentences. Lexical relations, sentence-relations, sense and reference, indexicality, truth-functionality and formal representations of meaning are some of the areas that will be studied. The main objective of the course is to raise an acute awareness that meaning is fundamental in language and communication; the subject matter of the course is at the level at which language makes contact with reality. Learning outcomes • An understanding of the basic issues across subdomains of semantics • Knowledge of the terms used and of the most significant concepts • An appreciation of the variability of semantic problems • Ability to analyse sentences semantically (according to theories taught) • Ability to see the relevance/significance of semantic knowledge to further data at large • Ease to comprehend the various problems involved in the field • Acquisition of a good background for further studies at postgraduate level • Possibly, developing skills at adapting or incorporating semantic analyses into further analyses in other domains of linguistics • Development and consolidation of an almost automatic reflex of semantic motivation in further fields of applied knowledge and practice, most notably in language learning and FLT Students are urged to take this course before taking courses in pragmatics and/or discourse analysis, as knowledge of semantics is fundamental for these other courses. Assessment: Final exam, hand in short exercises. Recommended reading: Is there a course textbook? Yes, Eliza Kitis (2012) Semantics. Meaning in Language. University Studio Press (with exercises at the end of each chapter). Additionally, choice of a further 2 e-books with more exercises. Is there a list of readings? Yes This course is uploaded at the University’s e-platform https://blackboard.lib.auth.gr/. (A wealth of ppoint presentations, links to other sites, videos, etc. that will help students substantially). Students must consult it weekly.
Keywords
language, meaning, sense, reference, deixis, logic, lexical semantics, philosophy of language
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Description
PPPresentations
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures
Seminars
Total
Student Assessment
Description
as described in course's site
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Eliza Kitis (2012) Semantics. Meaning in Language. University Studio Press.
Last Update
23-11-2013