Course details

8.3454

Pragmatics: Theory and Experiment

S
SS 2020 Maria Spychalska
4h/wk
8 ECTS
B.Sc modules:
CS-BWP-CL - (Computational) Linguistics
KOGW-WPM-CL - Computational Linguistics
M.Sc modules:
CC-MWP-CL - Computational Linguistics
CS-MWP-CL - (Computational) Linguistics
KOGW-MWPM-CL - Major subject Linguistics and Computational Linguistics

Doctorate program
Mon: 14-18

Pragmatics is a field of linguistics that focuses on the study of meaning as dependent on the language use in context, i.e. it focuses on the contribution of context to linguistic meaning as well as on the relation between the utterance, the speaker and the listener. This course provides a thorough introduction to pragmatics, defining it as a discipline and drawing its relation to semantics. It introduces basic notions such as implicatures, presuppositions, deixis and speech acts. We will read and discuss classical philosophical papers relevant for pragmatics (e.g., Grice, Russel, Strawson), as well as experimental articles related to the current debates in the field. Requirements for grade: Presentation of a journal paper in the class (online) Final test/essay Prerequisites: Master or advanced Bachelor students Ideally no more than 25 participants