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Toshiyuki Ogihara
LING 442
Seattle Campus

Semantics I

Introduction to the study of meaning as part of linguistic theory. Relation of semantics to syntax. Emphasis on formal semantics and pragmatics. Discussion of various semantic phenomena in natural language that are theoretically relevant. Prerequisite: LING 461.

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Autumn 2003

This course is an introduction to semantics as part of linguistic theory. This course (L442) and L479 (Semantics 2) form a sequence. We will emphasize model-theoretic truth-conditional semantics, but will also take up other approaches (such as pragmatics) as well. No mathematical skills beyond the high school level are presupposed. IMPORTANT: Ling 461 (Syntax 1) is now its prerequisite. Ling 200 or 400 is not sufficient. This change is in effect starting Summer 2003.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Toshiyuki Ogihara
Date: 06/03/2003