SPRÅK3200 - Semantics and Pragmatics

About

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course investigates topics in semantics and pragmatics including how meaning is expressed in natural language and the principles that lie behind the interpretation of utterances in specific situations. It addresses topics such as how words and sentences (linguistic objects) relate to entities in the world; whether this relationship is mediated by concepts; the formal representation of meaning; how the study of meaning is relevant to other areas of linguistic analysis such as syntax; how and why language differs from other communication systems; and how language is employed to communicate various types of meaning.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have passed this course
- have insight into basic issues of linguistic semantics, including how linguistic expressions relate to entities in the world, meaning relations between linguistic expressions, and the relation between meaning and truth.
- have insight into basic issues in pragmatics, including how context and pragmatic principles affect interpretation.
- have insight into how semantic and pragmatics interact and relate to neighbouring fields (e.g., lexical theory, morphology and syntax).
- understand how and why language differs from other communication systems, and how language is employed to communicate various types of meaning.
- are able to describe and analyse how people handle and exploit various semantic and pragmatic phenomena in everyday communication.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, supervision. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly. Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

The required readings are in English and classes will be taught in English. Students admitted to an English program shall, as a rule, do the obligatory assignments in English. Students admitted to a Norwegian/Scandinavian studies program shall, as a rule, do the obligatory assignments in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work of ca. 2500 words/5-6 pages

Further on evaluation

Students admitted to an English program should answer the exam in English. Students admitted to a Norwegian/Scandinavian studies program should answer the exam in Norwegian. Information about which dictionaries students are allowed to consult during the exam will be available in the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ENG3510 7.5 2016-09-01

Timetable

Detailed timetable

Examination

Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-12-02 09:00 D150
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.