SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEANING AND USE

LIN3SEM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we focus on how we understand what someone is trying to communicate to us when they say or write something to us, especially how the particular words and structures are used for the purpose of getting us to understand just what the speaker intends. As what a word or structure means depends on how it is used, we will look at the physical and cultural contexts within which communication occurs, and the role they play in the communication of meaning. A range of theoretical approaches and analytical tools used for the study of meaning will be introduced, and the course will also explore verbal art and poetics.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LIN1LCS or LIN1LDD or Coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSemanticsPrescribedSaeed, John I.3RD ED., WILEY-BLACKWELL 2009

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in tutorial discussions.

Activities:
Tutorials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking

02. Students will be familiar with a range of tools for semantic analysis and able to employ these as appropriate. Students will further develop their ability to present and analyse data in written form, employing Academic English. They will become more sophisticated in articulating and defending their analyses.

Activities:
Weekly homework, assignments, final take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing

03. Students will be able to search for and locate information beyond the specific suggestions embodied in subject guides. Students will be familiar with library resources in the field of linguistic study. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their assessment tasks.

Activities:
Weekly homework, assignments, final take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research

04. Students will expand the domains of linguistics across which they are able to deploy analytical and problem solving techniques.

Activities:
Weekly homework, assignments, final take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking

05. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks.

Activities:
Tutorials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork

06. Under guidance, students will be able to solve problems of increasing complexity across a wider range of sub-disciplines of linguistics.

Activities:
Weekly homework, assignments, final take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving

07. Collect and present natural linguistic data and use the tools learned in this course to analyse and explain that data.

Activities:
Weekly homework, assignments, final take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 3 short essay questions with examples (1500 words total)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assignment 2: Essay (1500 words)25 02, 03, 04, 06, 07
Weekly Homework10 02, 03, 04, 06, 07
Final Take Home Exam40 02, 03, 04, 06, 07