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Unit of study_

LNGS3601: Semantics - Meaning, Reference and Mind

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.

Code LNGS3601
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

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.