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LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics
Semantics and Pragmatics examines the relationship between form and meaning in human language. We consider the rules for combining word meanings in order to derive sentence meanings in a predictable way; and we explore the principles which allow speakers to communicate more by uttering a sentence than is contained in the sentence meaning itself. We apply these concepts not only to content words but also to grammatical morphemes such as tense, aspect, and modality markers.
Prerequisites: LI103 Morphology and Syntax. Three credits.