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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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

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.

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