Advanced Studies in Meaning

Subject 175-435 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2.5 hours of seminars per week
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Assoc Prof Lesley Stirling
Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to one or more advanced theories of linguistic meaning, taken from the related areas of semantics and pragmatics. The specific topic to be covered will depend on who is teaching the subject in a particular year. Examples of topics which might be covered include: the way in which speakers use contextual information to interpret meaning in context; the interplay between semantics and pragmatics; semantic change; lexical semantics; or formal semantic theory. In each case a range of current issues in the theory of meaning will be considered and students will acquire skills in analysis and description within this theory.

Assessment: 3000 words of assignments 60% (due at regular intervals during the semester), a 1000-word examination 20% (at the end of semester) and a 1000-word essay or project 20% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: What is Meaning?: fundamentals of formal semantics (P Porter), Blackwell 2005
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop their skills in critical thinking and analysis;

  • develop skills in written communication.


Formerly available as 175-037/335. Students who have completed 175-037 or 175-335 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English Language)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Linguistics and Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Language Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)

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