- Class Number 2136
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Zhengdao Ye
- Dr Zhengdao Ye
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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 (NSM) 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand key issues involved in the study of semantic fields;
- Explore the meanings of an expression in a systematic manner;
- Solve simple problems in semantic analysis;
- Explain the basic goals of several different approaches to semantics; and
- Undertake guided research in topics in semantics.
Readings will be provided on the Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms during the course:
- Specific written comments on your assignment
- General feedback in classes
- In-class discussion
- In person at office hours or by appointment
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course overview; Meaning and methodology; Doing semantics|
|2||The semantics of emotion concepts|
|3||Meaning in social interaction: speech acts|
|4||The semantics of particles and interjections|
|5||The semantics of concrete vocabulary|
|6||Motion verbs & verbs of physical activity|
|9||NSM and formal semantics|
|11||Verbs and aspects|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Analytical Assignment 1||20 %||29/03/2019||12/04/2019||2, 3|
|Analytical Assignment 2||25 %||17/05/2019||03/06/2019||2, 3|
|Essay plan (500 words)||10 %||24/05/2019||31/05/2019||1, 2, 4, 5|
|Research paper: 3000 words||35 %||07/06/2019||21/06/2019||1, 2, 4, 5|
|Tutorial Participation||5 %||25/02/2019||31/05/2019||1, 3|
|Wattle forum posts||5 %||25/02/2019||10/06/2019||1, 3, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Analytical Assignment 1
The assignment requires students to solve problems and conduct semantic analysis by applying concepts and methods learned in class.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Analytical Assignment 2
The assignment requires students to solve linguistic problems and conduct semantic analysis by applying concepts and methods learned in class.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5
Essay plan (500 words)
Your essay plan should include the topic, the source of your data set, your analytical tool for analysis, and the general structure of your research paper. It is expected that the feedback which students receive on their essay plan will help orient and shape their major research paper.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5
Research paper: 3000 words
Students can either choose a topic from a list of essay topics (available on Wattle) or propose a topic in their area of interest. Your topic must be approved by the course convener.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3
Students are expected to actively participate in class discussion and complete tutorial tasks.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5
Wattle forum posts
Students are expected to make at least three contributions to forum discussions (please refer to Wattle for details).
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments are generally returned within two weeks of submission.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not normally permitted. Students who have failed an assignment and who have special consideration grounds (medical or counselling service) may make a case for resubmission, but it is not automatically given.
Distribution of grades policy
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Semantics; pragmatics; cognitive linguistics; lexicology; Chinese linguistics; intercultural communication
Dr Zhengdao Ye