Number of credits
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
This course, devoted to the study of meaning in language, will tackle current issues in (lexical) semantics and pragmatics. The following issues will more specifically be discussed (non-exhaustive list):
- the relation between language and thought;
- the notions of ambiguity and vaugueness;
- the notions of conceptual and lexical categories;
- the notion of polyseymy;
- sense relations;
- the notions of prototypicality and salience;
- the theory of conceptual metaphorss;
- the theory of frame semantics;
- speech acts;
- the notions of reference and deixis;
- the notion of multimodality
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
Knowledge of the basic notions of modern semantics and ability to apply them to solve precise problems.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
No specific prerequisites
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Some exercises will be prepared at home and corrected in class.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
Face-to-face. 30 hours; 1st semester; See http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires
Recommended or required readings
The course will based on the following textbooks:
- Geeraerts, D. (2010). Theories of Lexical Semantics. Oxford: OUP.
- Cruse, A. (2011). Meaning in Language. Oxford: OUP.
- Croft, W. & Cruse, A. (2004). Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination tackling the knowledge of the theoretical part as well as the students' ability to apply these theortical notions to concrete examples.
An active participation of the students is expected (questions or comments on the lecture notes or the book chapters, looking for concrete examples, etc.).
Département de Langues et littératures modernes
Service de linguistique synchronique du néerlandais
Place Cockerill 3, 4000 Liège
Tuesday's from 10:00 to 12:00 (A2/(/17)
Wednesday's from 10:30 to 12:00 (Place Delcour, building L1)