Language and Meaning

10 Units

The course focuses on the study of the analysis of meaning as it is expressed through elements of language such as words and sentences (the field of semantics)and as it is understood in different real world contexts (the filed of pragmatics). Particular attention will be paid to meaning relations such as synonymy (having the same meaning) and oppositeness, to various types of conclusions that sentences lead to or involve (such as presuppositions), to elements that crucially depend on context for their interpretation (including deictic elements, which are linked to the non-linguistic context, to the meaning of verbal categories such as tense and mood, and to the relation between language and logic.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

1) an understanding of nature of meaning as expressed through language; 2) an understanding of basic principles of semantics and pragmatics as applied to English 3) an awareness of the range of linguistic devices for expressing time and space relations; 4) an understanding of the concepts of deixis and anaphora; 5) an understanding of logical relations relevant to linguistic analysis, such as negation, modality, scope, presupposition and implication


Topics to be covered include:

  • deixis: reference to the spatio-temporal frame encompassing the speech act
  • tense and time reference: tense and aspect systems in the English verb
  • mood and modality
  • anaphora: textual reference; the function of pronouns and other anaphoric items
  • pragmatics: the study of speech acts; presupposition and implication
Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LING6910 (or equivalent)
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Two take-home assignments, involving problem sets and short answer questions (25% each) - 50% Essay (approx. 3,500 words) - 50%
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6930

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