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This subject is an introduction to the study of meaning, looking at the main linguistic approaches to the study of meaning, techniques of semantic analysis and argumentation, and problems of accounting for some selected areas of linguistic meaning. Topics include classical approaches to meaning, prototype semantics, cognitive linguistics, formal semantics and linguistic categorisation across languages.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have an understanding of the main linguistic approaches to the study of meaning;
- be able to confidently deploy discipline specific research and analysis in Semantics using primary and secondary sources and empirical data with a strong sense of research ethics and intellectual integrity;
- be able to draw on and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to Semantics;
- be able to position themselves within theoretical debates in Semantics;
- be able to proficiently employ learning and research technologies as well as field-specific technologies;
- begin to develop an appreciation of how the study of linguistic meaning is situated in its disciplinary context with respect to other areas of linguistics (syntax, pragmatics) and other approaches to meaning (philosophical, semiotic);
- have attained advanced abilities in written and verbal argumentation in Semantics;
- have consolidated their understanding of social and cultural diversity in the university and wider community.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed their capacity to closely observe and analyse data and to engage in argumentation and critical evaluation of arguments about it;
- have developed their skills in research: defining an area of inquiry and seeking, evaluating and organising relevant information;
- have developed their skills in spoken and written communication of their own and others' ideas.
Last updated: 22 November 2023