LING 316 - Aspects of Meaning
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111, 209, 210, or 212.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Aspects of Meaning introduces students to a compositional approach to the representation of linguistic meaning. In order to encode and decode the meaning of any linguistic expression, humans combine basic linguistic units (e.g. words or lexical items) into larger units (corresponding to phrases and propositions) that allow them to represent complex aspects of reality and thought through human language. More specifically, the course focuses on the subtle, underlying interaction between the structure of linguistic expressions and the construction of meaning (semantics). To illustrate briefly one of many effects of this interaction, consider the sentence “every student went to a party”, which in different contexts (but not necessarily for all speakers) can be ambiguous between ‘all the students went to the same party’ and ‘each student went to a different party’. What yields this sort of ambiguity? By addressing these and other empirical facts about meaning, we will gain some understanding of aspects of human cognition that are responsible for the interaction between form and meaning in human language in general.

Students are expected to have taken one of the listed advisory prerequisite courses or, alternatively, LING 315. Exceptions require permission from professor.

LING 316 - Aspects of Meaning
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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