Course Information
TitleΣημασιολογία / Semantics
CodeΓλ 540
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004015


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GlōssologíaElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
C1 (at least) level of competence in English
Learning Outcomes
Successful completion of this course means that students will develop a better understanding of the following areas of semantics: scope of semantics, the concept of meaning, sentence meaning, logical semantics, predicates and events, word meaning, sense and sentence relations. Also, the students will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical and applied semantics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course, you will learn about the most important component of language, its meaning. You will understand how we make meaning in language with words, expressions and sentences. In other words, we will explore lexical meaning, various relations between words, and how words organized in sentences can express ideas. We will, therefore, consider the concept of meaning attached to words, how we use words to refer to things in our world, and how words combined in sentences can refer to aspects of the world as in descriptions. In one word, you will learn how sentences can talk about the world. The course is of special interest, not only to the meaning analyst, but, on the more practical side of semantics, to the computational linguist, considering the application of semantic knowledge to language programming and machine translation.
semantics, meaning, concept, language, sense relations, word, sentence, sense, reference
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments128.24.7
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
-Carston, Robyn (2002). Relevance Theory: the Pragmatics of Explicit Communication. -Chierchia, Gennaro & Sally McConnell-Ginet (1900). Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press. -Hurford, James and Heasley Brendan (1983). Semantics: a coursebook. Cambridge University Press -Kitis, Eliza (2012). Semantics: Meaning in Language. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press -Levinson, Stephen (2000). Presumptive Meanings: a theory of generalized conversational implicature. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. -Lyons, John (1977). Semantics,vol.1. Cambridge University Press. -Lyons, John (1977). Semantics,vol.2. Cambridge University Press. -Saeed, John (2003). Semantics (2nd ed.). Blackwell Publishing.
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