Semantics: Advanced Concepts ENGLANG5083

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course offers Masters-students a grounding in current issues in semantics, with special reference to English. Advanced notions in semantics are discussed, most notably the issues surrounding linguistic categorisation. The course also offers an outline of the history of the subject, from Aristotle to the present day, and locates semantics in relation to other 'levels' of linguistics. Key topics covered include metaphor, dictionaries and thesauri, cognitive semantics, and colour semantics, and there are special discussions included from year to year depending on teaching staff specialisms.

Timetable

2 hour weekly seminars for 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

 

This is one of the MSc 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

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

It is recommended that students will have taken Level 5 Semantics and Pragmatics, or have equivalent background in Semantics from previous study.

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

■ A review article (1000 words) worth 25%

■ An essay or project (4000 words) worth 75%

Course Aims

This course will provide students with the opportunity to:

- gain an advanced knowledge that covers most, if not all, different areas of semantics

- facilitate a critical understanding of a range of approaches and methodologies for each

- familiarise students with the main specialized research tools currently at the forefront for Semantics

- provide a framework within which students can undertake original and creative research into applied or theoretical semantics, focusing on specialized topics, such as semantic change, lexicography, linguistic categorization or metaphor.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- identify and critically evaluate a wide range of theoretical approaches and methods for most, if not all, areas of semantics

-  recognize and apply the main specialized research tools currently at the forefront for studying a special topic in semantics

- plan, design and execute an original and creative small-scale piece of research into applied or theoretical semantics, focusing on a specialized topic, such as semantic change, lexicography, linguistic categorization or metaphor, based on the analysis of a body of data relevant to the topic

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.