Semantics and Pragmatics ENGLANG4052

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course engages with the core of language - the communication of meaning. It examines theories of word and sentence meaning alongside the ways in which meaning is conveyed through interaction, and in so doing explores what the analysis of meaning reveals about culture, society, interaction, and the human mind.

Timetable

1 x 2hr session per week (comprising 1x1hr lecture; 1x1hr seminar) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

 

This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language and Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG4015 Pragmatics and Spoken Discourse

ENGLANG4017 Semantics

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (2500 words) - 50%

Portfolio of technical exercises - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:

■ provide an overview of how semantics and pragmatics have developed within linguistics;

■ develop an enhanced awareness of the methodological and theoretical problems involved in studying meaning;

■ develop skills in the linguistic analysis of meaning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse semantic and pragmatic meaning critically in a range of ways;

■ evaluate a range of linguistic perspectives on meaning;

■ identify strategies for conveying and analysing meaning in their own language use and that of others.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.