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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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LING 532 - Semantics & Pragmatics II
Building on basic concepts introduced in Semantics and Pragmatics 1, in this class we take a closer look look at the semantics and pragmatics of quantifiers, negation, and  conditionals, which constitute important topics in the study of meaning. We will also discuss in detail how sentences are generally taken to mean to express everything there was to be said (and not just a part of it) and whether this is best thought of in neo-Gricean pragmatic terms or in grammatical terms, as recently proposed. Specific topics we will discuss include: noun phrase quantifiers (e.g. many cats, every bike), adverbial quantifiers (e.g. often, seldom), modal quantifiers and operators (e.g. maybe, must, if), negation and presupposition, Negative Polarity Items (e.g. any, ever, give a damn), conversational implicature and Horn-scales, and, time permitting, the pragmatics of conditional sentences (‘Conditional Perfection’). The  readings for the class involve  chapters from text books, handbooks, as well as original papers.

Requirements: completion of readings, active class participation,  presentation, reverse abstract (write abstract for a paper that already exists), final paper.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Linguistics Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate

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