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LCD 306: Semantics and Pragmatics (Spring 2015)

This course is a survey of properties of meaning in language (semantics) and communication strategies people use when they talk to each other (pragmatics).

Course Materials

Syllabus

Lectures

Unit 1 (Exam: Tuesday 24 February)

Thursday 29 January – Lecture 1 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 3 February – Lecture 2 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 5 February – Lecture 3 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 10 February – Lecture 4 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 17 February – Lecture 5 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 19 February – Lecture 6 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Unit 2 (Exam: Tuesday 31 March)

Thursday 5 March – Lecture 7 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 10 March – Lecture 8 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 12 March – Lecture 9 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 17 March – Lecture 10 (Presentation-blk, Handout-whtAPA_Guidelines_OWL-Purdue)

Thursday 19 March – Lecture 11 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 24 March – Lecture 12 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 26 March – Lecture 13 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 31 March – Lecture 14 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 2 April – Lecture 15 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Unit 3

Tuesday 14 April – Lecture 16 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 16 April – Lecture 17 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 21 April – Lecture 18 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 23 April – Lecture 19 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 28 April – Lecture 20 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 30 April – Lecture 21 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Tuesday 5 May – Lecture 22 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Thursday 7 May- Lecture 23 (Presentation-blk, Handout-wht)

Assignments

Homework Packet 1 (Due: Tuesday 24 February)

Assignment 1 – Prepare for Tuesday 3 February class (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 2 – Prepare for Tuesday 10 February class (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 3 – Prepare for Tuesday 17 February class (PDF, Tex; Articles to Read: Barner & Snedeker (2005)McNabb & Penka (2014)Syrett et al (2010)Ursini (2014))

Assignment 4 – Prepare for Thursday 19 February class (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 5 – Prepare for Tuesday 24 February class (PDF, TexFrege (1892) On Sense and Reference)

 Unit 2

Assignment 6 – Due Thursday 12 March (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 7 – Due Tuesday 10 March (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 8 – Due Thursday 12 March (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 9 – Due Thursday 19 March (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 10 – Due Tuesday 24 March (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 11 – Due Thursday 26 March

* Assignment: PDF, Tex

* Answer Key: PDF, TeX

Assignment 12 – Due Tuesday 31 March

* Assignment: PDF, Tex

* Answer Key: PDF, TeX

* Semantic Valency Reading – Santorini and Kroch (2007)

* Quantifiers Reading – section 1.5 of ch.1, Sam Vendervelde (2010)

* Function Reading [Optional] – Frege (1891) ‘Function and Concept’

* Logic [Optional] – The remainder of ch. 1 of Vendervelde (2010)

* Set theory [Optional] – ch.2, Sam Vendervelde (2010)

Assignment 13 – Due Thursday 2 April

* Assignment: PDF, Tex

* Answer Key: PDF, TeX

 Unit 3

Assignment 14 – Due Thursday 16 April (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 15 – Due Tuesday 21 April (PDF, Tex)

Assignment 16 – Due Tuesday 28 April (PDF, Tex)

Read Sherlock script looking for conventional and conversational implicatures for lecture on Thursday 30 April (PDF)

Assignment 17 – Due Thursday 14 May (PDF, Tex)

Exams

Exam II

Review: PDF

Answer Key: PDF

Group Project

Experiment Replication

Proposal Due: Thursday 19 March

Presentation Due: Thursday 2 April

Group Project No. 1 Guidelines (PDF)

Novel Experiment

Proposal Due: Thursday 7 May

Presentation Due: Tuesday 19 May

Group Project No. 2 Guidelines (PDF)