Link to General Outline

Glossary of Linguistic Terms (very useful!)

Important: Please note that all class notes are now also available at Morisette library (reserve desk).

The additional readings on conversational implicature and speech acts on reserve are NOT compulsory.

Recent notes:

Formal semantics: sets

Formal semantics: predicate logic, quantifiers

March 25-Austin, Searle, implicature

March 21-quiz, speech act theory

March18 -conversational implicature (pdf. format)

March 14-inference and information structure (pdf.format)

Notes on Pragmatics (pdf.format) updated

Notes on Theta-roles (pdf. format)

Notes on Aspect (pdf. format)

 

Semantics-I

Winter 2002

WEEKLY OUTLINE

Instructor: Olga Arnaudova

DAY
TOPIC

READING

(Saad)

Notes

Jan.7

Monday

Overview

Course requirements. Semantics and linguistics.Semantics and philosophy of language. Semantics and semiotics.Goals of the course.

 

Ch. 1: Semantics in Linguistics

p.1-3

 

Jan.7

Jan.10

Thursday

Basic concepts

What is meaning? Word meaning and sentence meaning. Denotation/reference.Literal and non-literal meaning.

p. 3-19

Jan.10

Jan.14

Monday

Meaning

Reference as a theory of meaning

Ch. 2. Meaning, Thought and Reality

p. 23-32

Jan. 14

Jan. 17

Thursday

Meaning (cont)

Mental representation. Concepts and meaning. Prototypes.

p. 32-40

Jan. 177

Jan. 21

Monday

Meaning (cont)

Word meaning. Words, concepts and the language of thought.

Words and lexical items.

p. 40-47

Ch. 3 Word meaning

p.53-59

Jan. 21

Jan. 24

Thursday

Relations and categories

Lexical relations (homonymy, polysemy, synonymy, opposites, hyponymy, meronymy)

p. 63-71

Session with librarian has moved to Feb. 4

Quiz

Jan. 28

Monday

Relations and categories

Grammatical relations. Derivational relations.

 

p. 55; p. 71-73

Jan. 28

Jan. 31

Thursday

Truth conditions, entailment, presupposition

Truth and logic.

Ch. 4 Sentence Relations and Truth

p. 79-90

 

Jan. 31

Feb. 4

Monday

Truth conditions, entailment, presupposition

Entailment. Exercises.

p. 90-93

Session with librarian

Simard 430

 

Feb. 7

Thursday

Truth conditions, entailment, presupposition

Presupposition. Semantic presupposition. Pragmatic presupposition.

p.93-102

Feb. 7

 

Feb. 11

Monday

Situations

Basic situation types

 

Ch. 5 Sentence Semantics 1: Situations

p.106

 

Feb. 11

Feb. 14

Thursday

Situations

Tense. Aspect.

Discussion of mid-term examination

p. 107-125

Quiz

Feb. 14

Feb. 18-22 Study break - no classes  

Feb. 25

Monday

Mid-term test

 

Feb. 28

Thursday

Situations

Mood. Evidentiality

p. 125-133

Feb.28(Aspect)

March 4

Monday

Thematic relations

Theta-roles and participants.

Ch. 6: Sentence Semantics 2: Participants

p. 139-147

 

March 7

Thursday

Thematic relations

Verbs and theta-roles. Voice.

p. 145-165

Theta-roles.

(pdf)

Independent assignment topic handed in.

March 11

Monday

Context, deixis, implicature

Types of deixis. Pragmatics (overview)

Ch. 7: Context and Inference

p. 172-180

March 11

March 14

Thursday

Context, deixis, implicature

Context and information structure

p. 180-190

March 14

March 18

Monday

Context, deixis, implicature

Conversational implicature. Exercises.

p. 191-197

Additional readings on conversational implicature and speech acts on reserve (NOT compulsory!).

March 18

March 21

Thursday

Speech acts

Speech Act Theory

Ch. 8: Functions of Language: Speech as Action

p. 203-212

March 21

 

March 25

Monday

Speech acts

Direct and indirect speech acts

p. 212-223

March 25

 

March 28

Thursday

Formal semantics

Predicate logic. Logic symbols, quantifiers.Denotation assignment function.

Ch. 10: Formal Semantics

Section 10.3; 10.7

March 28

April 4

Thursday

Formal semantics

Sets

Cont. April 4

April 8

Monday

Formal semantics

Cont.

April 11

Thursday

Discussions/presentations

 

   

Apr. 15

Review  

Independent assignment is due

April, 19 Final examination