LING 316 - Aspects of Meaning
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course focuses on the core aspects of the representation of meaning in human language. It adopts a compositional approach to meaning: how humans combine basic linguistic units (e.g., words or lexical items) into larger linguistic expressions that allow them to represent the complex aspects of reality and thought in natural language. More specifically, the course focuses on the connection between the structure of linguistic expressions (i.e., their syntax) and the construction of meaning (semantics). It adopts a simple but precise and powerful approach to meaning, focusing on the conditions under which complex linguistic expressions are true or not true. The students will become familiar with various tools that are relevant for a theory of meaning in human language, including set theory, propositional and predicate logic, (generalized) quantifier theory and scope. We should also discuss some of the connection between knowledge of meaning and language acquisition.

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LING 316 - Aspects of Meaning
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0230232302
Semantics, Author: Kate Kearns., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2nd ed.
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