MASemantics and Pragmatics

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes


Dušan Gabrovšek, PhD
Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor

Course Description

Introduction to the fields of semantics and pragmatics. The introductory lectures in semantics deal with lexical semantics (homonymy, polysemy, synonymy, different types of antonymy), basics of sentence semantics (presupposition and entailment; logical metalanguage, predicate logic) and basics of cognitive semantics (metaphor, cognitive schemata). The pragmatics part of the course deals with the role of context and inference in communication, deixis, Austin's speech act theory, and Grice's maxims of conversational cooperation. Although the course is mostly devoted to English semantics and pragmatics, it also includes a contrastive (English-Slovene) approach to certain aspects of the two fields.

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