Course syllabus


arts-logo.pngSEMESTER 1, 2018
LINGUIST 206 - Semantics and Pragmatics

  • Course Coordinator 

Yan Huang -

  • Teacher

Yan Huang -

  • Tutor


  • Course delivery format

2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)

Summary of Course Description              

15 Points

Semantics and Pragmatics

This course provides an introduction to a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance to the study of meaning. The semantics part selects topics from structural, truth-conditional and cognitive semantics. Topics to be covered may include word, sentence and utterance meaning, denotation, reference and sense, various sense relations, componential analysis, ambiguity and vagueness, and truth conditions/values. The pragmatics part deals with some of the central topics in pragmatics such as the domain of pragmatics, conversational implicature, conventional implicature and speech acts.

Course outcomes

E.g. A student who successfully completes this course will have the opportunity to:

  • acquire knowledge of and apply it to x situations
  • understand and carry out [practical skills]
  • acquire skills in report writing, critical thinking  academic literacy/ numeracy/ oral presentation etc

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The University of Auckland's expectation on 15-point courses, is that students spend 10 hours per week on the course. Students manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Students attend two hours of lectures each week and participate in a one-hour tutorial from week 2 of semester. This leaves seven hours per week outside the classroom to prepare for tutorials, assignments and the exam.

Deadlines and submission of coursework:

Deadlines for coursework are non-negotiable. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you will be required to provide a doctor's certificate before the assignment is due. All late assignments without a pre-approved extension will be penalised one mark per day late.


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