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Reading from semantics and pragmatics - NPFL115
Title in English: Čtení z pragmatiky a sémantiky
Guaranteed by: Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (32-UFAL)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2018
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2 MC [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech, English
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: PhDr. Šárka Zikánová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Anna Nedoluzhko, Ph.D.
Class: DS, matematická lingvistika
Informatika Mgr. - Matematická lingvistika
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Last update: T_UFAL (29.04.2016)
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the deeper theoretical understanding of language phenomena, which are especially complicated from the point of view of their computation processing (metaphors, inference, presupposition, speech acts). Within semantics, we will deal with lexical semantics, semantic structure of ambiguous words and constructions, deixis and the deictic components of meaning, theory of reference grammar and the semantics of grammatical categories. As for pragmatics, we will primarily focus on the basic literature on pragmatic.
Aim of the course -
Last update: T_UFAL (29.04.2016)

The aim of this course is to provide the students with the deeper theoretical understanding of language phenomena, which are especially complicated from the point of view of their computation processing (metaphors, inference, presupposition, speech acts).

Within semantics, we will deal with lexical semantics, semantic structure of ambiguous words and constructions, deixis and the deictic components of meaning, theory of reference grammar and the semantics of grammatical categories. As for pragmatics, we will primarily focus on the basic Czech and foreign research literature on pragmatic aspects of textual coherence, relevance theory and attitudes of the author to the text.

The course regularly alternates with the course “Information Structure of Sentences and Discourse Structure”, where similar phenomena are investigated from the point of view of their linguistic structure.

Course completion requirements -
Last update: ZIKANOVA (09.10.2017)

Active participation in the lessons, homework (reading of texts)

Developing a terminology glossary

The examination cannot be repeated.

Literature -
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Bühler, Karl. Die Sprachtheorie. Die Darstellungsfunktion der Sprache.

Theory of language : the representational function of language / Karl Bühler. Transl. by Donald Fraser Goodwin. In collab. with Achim Eschbach.

Morris, Charles W. Signs, Language and Behavior. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1946. Reprinted, New York: George Braziller, 1955. Reprinted in Charles Morris, Writings on the General Theory of Signs (The Hague: Mouton, 1971), pp. 73-397.

Jakobson R., "Closing Statement: Linguistics and Poetics," in Style in Language (ed. Thomas Sebeok), 1960.

Austin, J. L (1962): How to Do Things with Words. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1962.

Levinson, S. C. (1983). Pragmatics.

Riemer, N. (2010). Introducing semantics. UK: Cambridge University Press.

Riemer, N. (ed.). (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Semantics, UK.

Searle, John - Vanderveken, D. (1985). Foundations of Illocutionary Logic.

Grice, P. (1975): Logic and Conversation. Syntax and Semantics, Vol. 3, Speech Acts, ed. by Peter Cole and Jerry L. Morgan. New York: Academic Press, pp. 41-58.

Syllabus -
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I. General introduction

  • Morris Triangle: syntax - semantics - pragmatics
  • Meaning and context: interconnectivity between semantics and pragmatics, meaning adaptation to the context

II. Semantics

  • Lexical semantics and lexical typology, semantics of constructions
  • Semantics and morphosyntax: semantics of grammatical categories
  • Cognitive semantics
  • Formal semantics

III. Pragmatics - basics

  • Language functions (K. Bühler, R. Jakobson)
  • Speech acts (J. L. Austin, J. Searle)

IV. Pragmatics - modern approaches

  • Grice maxims, relevance theory
  • Presupposition and discourse structure

 
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