Course Information
TitleΠραγματολογία / Pragmatics
CodeΓλ 541
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004016


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 in pragmatics: the scope of pragmatics in contradistinction to that of semantics, deixis, presupposition, implicature and speech acts. Also, the students will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical and applied pragmatics.
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 that we use language, not only to describe the world, as we learnt in the semantics course, but, most importantly, to act and perform in it. We use it to socialize, get married, undertake to help others, apologize, or request, and all this is done exclusively with language. Moreover, we also often mean much more than what we say, or sometimes we mean other things than what we actually say. We will examine all these issues in this course, but we’ll also see how the two components of meaning, i.e. semantics (meaning in language) and pragmatics (meaning more than you say, or doing in language) interconnect and ‘cooperate’ every time we communicate. The course is of immediate interest to the language teacher as it underpins current teaching methodologies, but it is also of interest to a variety of other modern language-based disciplines, such as, language impairment (semantic and pragmatic disorders), psychiatry, translation, literature, computational linguistics, language programming, etc.
pragmatics, implicature, context, speech acts, deixis, presupposition
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. Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishing. -Chierchia, Gennaro & Sally McConnell-Ginet (1900). Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press. -Davis, Steven (ed.) (1991). Pragmatics: a reader. Oxford University Press. -Levinson, Stephen (2000). Presumptive Meanings: a theory of generalized conversational implicature. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. -Levinson, Stephen (1983). Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press. -Marmaridou, Sophia (2000). Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition. John Benjamins Publishing Company -May, Jacob (1993). Pragmatics: An Introduction. Blackwell Publishing.
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