The course aims to provide a basic understanding of central concepts, theories and issues in linguistic semantics, and to familiarize students with some models of argumentation and analysis in that field.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Brief introduction, in three parts, to basic concepts, theories, and issues of linguistic semantics. The first part deals with questions of lexical meaning, centering on approaches to them that make use of ideas from cognitive psychology. The second part deals with questions of sentence meaning, centering on approaches to them that make uses of ideas from symbolic logic. The third part concerns aspects of linguistic meaning that reflect conditions of language use, and examines their implications on the reconceptualization of the semantics-pragmatics distinction.
Additional bibliography for study
Nick Riemer, Introducing Semantics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Paul Elbourne, Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Thomas Ede Zimmermann & Wolfgang Sternefeld, Introduction to Semantics, Berlin & Boston: Mouton de Gruyter, 2013.