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LN2003: WORDS AND MEANINGS: LEXIS AND SEMANTICS (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32


Course Overview

Meaning is at heart of our existence. The subtlety by which we express ideas so that our listeners can pick up meanings which are ‘understood’, but unsaid, takes our abilities far beyond what even the most powerful and rapid computers can achieve.

This course will demonstrate how we construct and interpret meaning, both as individuals and in groups. Consideration will also be given to how meaning changes across time (condescension was once a good thing). We will also look at how dictionaries and thesauri are researched and edited, before introducing pragmatics, the study of meaning above the word.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Robert Millar

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Meaning is at heart of our existence. The subtlety by which we express ideas so that our listeners can pick up meanings which are ‘understood’, but unsaid, takes our abilities far beyond what even the most powerful and rapid computers can achieve.

This course will demonstrate how we construct and interpret meaning, both as individuals and in groups. Consideration will also be given to how meaning changes across time (condescension was once a good thing). We will also look at how dictionaries and thesauri are researched and edited, before introducing pragmatics, the study of meaning above the word.

Further Information & Notes

This is a 15 credit, eleven week course.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2,000 word essay (50%); homework exercise (30%), tutorial assessment (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students will receive formative commentary from tutors in tutorials.

Feedback

Students will receive feedback on-line for their performance in on-line assessment; they will also be encouraged to discuss this performance with their tutors. All students will receive written feedback on essay performance; again, they will be encouraged to discuss their performance with their tutors.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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