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Semester 1

Pragmatics (LASC10067)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting student must have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. This course cannot be taken alongside LEL2A (LASC08017). **The Language Sciences courses offered at the University of Edinburgh are extremely intensive and visiting students have struggled with these courses in previous years. Students are expected to have a strong background in Linguistics as an academic discipline; courses that are part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree may not provide students with an adequate background**

Course Summary

The study of Pragmatics focuses on language meaning in context. In this course we discuss a range of pragmatic phenomena from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. We emphasize the role of pragmatics across a range of sub-disciplines within linguistics.

Course Description

The course is about how language acquires meaning in context. In many situations, what speakers mean goes beyond what they explicitly say. This course discusses formal models which have been proposed for explaining how these meanings are conveyed between cooperative interlocutors. Specific topics include presuppositions and implicatures, which often arise within the sentence, as well as higher level discourse phenomena such as coreference and coherence. We examine these using both naturally occurring data and the results of experimental investigation.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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