Courses Catalogue

Semantics And Pragmatics

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Linguistics, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

1)  Introduction (15hours)

a)    The nature and goals of semantics and pragmatics within linguistics

b)    Semantic foundations: indexes and symbols

c)    Compositionality and intentionality principles

d)    Levels of meaning

2)  Semantics (15hours)

a)    Semantic role theory

b)    Speech act theory

c)    Index theory

d)    The lambda notation for functions

e)    Conceptional and interpersonal meaning

f)     Semantic decomposition

g)    Semantic relations involving words and sentences

h)    Introduction to the language of modern standard logic

i)     Kinship terminology: introduction of a metalanguage

j)     Cooperative Principle

3)   Pragmatics (15hours)

a)    Pragmatics and context

b)    Physical context

c)     Linguistic context

d)    Social context

e)    Epistemic contextf)     Conversational maxims

g)    Distinguishing conversational implicature from 'conventionalized meanings'

h)    The Gricean theory of conversational implicature

i)      Pragmatic coordinate system

j)     Deixis

k)    Modern pragmatics

l)      Quantificational determiners

4)   Semantics and language acquisition (I5hours)

a)    The semantics of children's language

b)    Development of presuppositions and implicatures in children

c)     Complexities in differentiating semantics from pragmatics

d)    Truth-conditions and what is said

Teaching and Learning Methods

1)    Lectures

2)    Debate

3)    Demonstration

4)    Written and oral assignments

5)    Tutorials

Teaching - Learning Materials

·         Whiteboard and markers

·         Flip charts

·         Projectors

CDs, DVDs and Tapes