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Fall 2018-2019
* PHI 334 / LIN 334 (EC)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Semantics

Una Stojnic

Human beings have a distinct capacity to communicate through language. Our linguistic capacity allows us to understand sentences we have never encountered before, and generate indefinitely many novel, meaningful sentences by exploiting a finite vocabulary. It also underscores our ability to communicate thoughts to each other. How is this possible? And how is it that our sentences are meaningful to begin with? This course is an introduction to semantics, the study of linguistic meaning. You will learn about formal tools and techniques of semantic theory that allow us to develop formally precise theories of linguistic meaning.


Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be frequent short homework assignments and one short (1-2 page) final paper. You are allowed to discuss homework assignments with your classmates, but the answers you submit must be completed on your own, and must represent your own work. Late homework assignments will not be accepted. For every day your final paper is late, it will lose 1/2 a grade.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 60%

Other information:
Other 60%: Six separate homework assignments.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23350 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:25 Limit:35