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LNGS3601: Semantics - Meaning, Reference and Mind

2023 unit information

Semantics deals with the meaning of words, phrases, sentences and texts, and the relations between those meanings. Our goal is to explore the diversity of ways in which meaning can be expressed linguistically in different languages, as well as of what constitutes evidence for meaning.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 in Linguistics or 18 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in English or Australian Literature
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate the complexity of meaning analysis in natural language and become familiar with some of the variety of options for its analysis
  • LO2. gain experience in presenting analyses of meaning and in distinguishing ‘sentence meaning’ from 'speaker meaning’
  • LO3. gain a fuller and more sophisticated understanding of the role that 'meaning' plays in explanations of language structure and use
  • LO4. understand a number of methodological and theoretical questions about the conduct of empirical enquiry into natural language.

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Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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