• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course introduces students to the basic problems in the study of meaning, in all areas of language (vocabulary, grammar, discourse). Students learn how to use the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach; formulate and test hypotheses about what a word, an expression or a construction means; how to state this meaning in a clear, precise and illuminating way; and how to compare meanings across languages and cultures. They will also learn some of the basic ideas and techniques of Formal Semantics, for analyzing meaning-based properties and relations of words and utterance, such as entailment and contradiction, and how NSM and Formal Semantics relate to other approaches to the study of meaning, such as componential analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Grasp key issues involved in the study of semantic fields;
  2. Explore the meanings of an expression in a systematic manner;
  3. Solve simple problems in semantic analysis;
  4. Explain the basic goals of several different approaches to semantics.

Generic skills:  Communication, problem-solving, and research. 

Other Information

This course is required for Honours in Linguistics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 x Assignments, 25% each, 2-3 pages of data and instructions, calling for 3-5 pages of analysis; [LOs 2,3]
  2. 1 x 1500-2000 word essay, 25%; [LOs 1,2,4]
  3. 1 x 2 hour Final Exam, 25%; [LOs 1,2,3]

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Workload

2.6 contact hours/week in lectures (with considerable discussion) + 7.4 hours readings, assessment items per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING1001 or LING2001 or LING1021 or LING2021. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6008. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The textbook will be specified on Wattle, and additional readings provided there.

Preliminary Reading

Wierzbicka, Anna. 2006. English : Meaning and culture. New York : OUP.

Assumed Knowledge

No special assumed knowledge or skills beyond the prerequisite statement.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1253 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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