Issues in Semantics

Type: For the student's choice

Department: english philology




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916Khrystyna KunetsIna-51M, Ina52M, Ina53M


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Course description


  1. What is meaning? Proposition and truth-conditions
  2. Introduction to formal semantics
  3. Types of functions
  4. Lexical semantics
  5. Sentence semantics
  6. Modality
  7. Propositional attitudes. De re, de dicto and de se
  8. Tense and Aspect
  9. Pragmatic aspects of meaning

Recommended Literature

  1. Cruse A. (2004). Meaning in Language: An introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Heim I. , A. Kratzer (1998). Semantics in generative grammar, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  3. Hintikka, J. (1969). Semantics for propositional attitudes. In J.W. Davis, D.J. Hockney & W.K. Wilson (eds.), Philosophical logic, 21–45. Dordrecht: Reidel.
  4. von Fintel, K. and I. Heim (2011). Lecture notes on intensional semantics. ms: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  5. Kearns K. (2011) Semantics, Palgrave.
  6. Leech, G. (1974). Semantics, Penguin Books.
  7. Ogihara, T. (2007). Tense and aspect in truthconditional semantics. Lingua 117(2). 392–418.
  8. Portner P.H. (2004) What is Meaning? Fundamentals of Formal Semantics, Wiley.
  9. Williams A. (2015). Arguments in Syntax and Semantics, Cambridge University Press.