- Code LING2008
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Zhengdao Ye
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2021
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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 (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; and
- Explain the basic goals of several different approaches to semantics.
Indicative Assessment2 x Data Analysis Assignments, 750 words each, (20% each) LOs 2, 3
Essay, 2000 words, (30%) LOs 1,2,4
Final Exam, in formal exam period, 2 hours, (30%) LOs, 1,2,3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2115||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||View|