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.
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
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.