Semantics and Pragmatics 2020/2021 (7.5 credits)

Spring 2021, 50 %, Campus

Start date: 18 January 2021

End date: 28 March 2021

Application Deadline: 15 October 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-07712 Application

Language of Instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

Location: Uppsala

Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

Entry Requirements: Linguistics I, 7.5 credits, or 30 credits in a language subject


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Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11250

About the course:

The course gives an introduction to the scientific description of linguistic meaning. Historical review of various approaches to description of meaning in language. Basic semiotics. Both lexical and compositional semantics are discussed. Extensions and extensional analysis (set theory). Definitions and prototypes. Introduction to truth-value semantics and logical analysis. The relationship between semantics and pragmatics. Basic pragmatics: presupposition, tropes (for example, irony, metaphor and metonymy), speech acts, conversational maxims and implicatures.

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Department of Linguistics and Philology

Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3H

Box 635, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 2252


Coordinator Linguistics


Telephone: +46 18 471 22 52