2023-2024 / PHIL0219-1

Introduction to the philosophy of language*


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Bruno Leclercq

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Critical examination of some central notions of language studies, especially the notion of "meaning".
First couples of notions such as "sense" and "reference", "intension" and "extension", "conotation" and "denotation" will provide an insight of several aspects of the meaning of linguistic phrases.
Then, will be considered several hypotheses on what meaning is : a set of actual objects, an ideal entity, a mental content or some social use.
This will lead to the question of the relations between semantics and pragmatics.
Finally, formal analyses will try to give a rigorous account of the meaning "if... then...".

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding of some theoretical notions and models which lie at the ground of - or provide a critical standpoint towards - many linguistic theories.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Secondary education.
Some basic knowledge in linguitics is welcome.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The seminar will take place in Room Philo I (A1/2PHilI) on Fridays from 11am to 1pm during the first semester (September-December).
 First session on Friday the 22nd of September 2023 at 11am.





Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading :
Alain Gallerand, La philosophie du langage et de la logique, Paris, Ellipses, 2013.

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Oral exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The first session will be held on Friday the 22nd of September 2023 at 11 am.





Bruno LECLERCQ Université de Liège Département de philosophie Place du XX août, 7 4000 LIEGE

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Summary notes and reference texts
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