LIN 3115

Semantics I

Winter 2002


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

Instructor: Olga Arnaudova (oarnaou@aix1.uottawa.ca)

70 Laurier Ave. E., # 417; tel. 562 58 00/ext. 1776

Office hours: Monday 4-5 p.m., Thursday 11-12 a.m., or by appointment.

The web-page for this outline is http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~oarnaou/semantics.htm

The web-page for the weekly syllabus is http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~oarnaou/sem.htm

This course is an introduction to basic concepts of semantics, lexical semantics and the interpretation of sentences. Topics include:

Prerequisite for this course is LIN 2110

Timetable

Lecture - Monday 14:30-16:OO
Simard 430
Lecture - Thursday 16:00-17:30
Simard 430

Evaluation

Independent assignment* (squib) topic -due March. 7 (Thursday), 5.30 p.m.

5%
Independent assignment* (squib) final version - due Apr. 15 (Monday)
25%

Attendance (based on 5 random attendance lists distributed in class)

 

5%
Mid-term exam
30%
Final exam
35%

*Important: If any work is late without making prior arrangements with the instructor, you will lose 2% for every day late.

Weekly syllabus (subject to change)

Textbook

Saeed, John I. Semantics. Blackwell publishers.

This book has three sections:

Section I is concerned with the place of semantics in relation to other disciplines such as philosophy and pragmatics and within linguistics.

Section II examines in detail several topics concerning word and sentence meaning.

Section III reviews current theoretical approaches. We will use from this section only the part on formal semantics (chapter 10) as an introduction to more advanced semantic theory.

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.

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