Linguistics: Meaning and Use

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LET022B05
Vaknaam Linguistics: Meaning and Use
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam English Linguistics: Meaning and Use
Leerdoelen • Students can explain basic-level semantic and pragmatic terms, themes, tools and theories.
• Students can apply these terms, themes and theories to analyze the meaning of English words and sentences in their context of use (spoken discourse and texts).
• Students can identify and analyze original examples as illustrations of the terms and themes in a text of their own choice, and motivate a semantic-pragmatic analysis.
• Students can participate in linguistic debate with peers, by convincingly discussing and presenting analyses of original semantic-pragmatic examples.
Omschrijving This course offers an introduction to the semantics and pragmatics of the English grammatical system. Students become acquainted with important semantic and pragmatic concepts, tools and theories. They learn to apply these to actual English language samples by searching for and analyzing examples in authentic texts. The following topics are covered: sentence meaning, thought and reality; sentence relations and truth; event structure and event participants; context and inference; speech acts; proposition and predicate logic. These topics are discussed in theories of lexical meaning components and formal semantics.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
(1 uur hoorcollege (Q&A) , 2 uur werkcollege)
Toetsvorm digitale toetsing, wekelijkse opdrachten
(digitaal 2 uur)
Vaksoort bachelor jr 2
Coördinator dr. A.M.H. van Hout
Docent(en) dr. A.M.H. van Hout
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Semantics (4th edition)
This book is available as e-book through the RUG library, during the block as well as during the digital exam.
John Saeed 978-1-118-43016-3 €  42,00
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the second year, i.e. at least 45 ECTS obtained from the propaedeutic phase.
Opmerkingen 80% Compulsory attendance in seminars. Admission to the second year, i.e. at least 45 ECTS obtained from the propaedeutic phase.
This module is open for major students of the BA English Language & Culture and students in the Linguistics or Advanced track of the minor English Studies only.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 2 semester I b intm
Ba English Language and Culture 2 semester I b verplicht
Facultaire Minor English Studies  (English Linguistics) 3 semester I b verplicht
Facultaire Minor English Studies  (English Literature and Linguistics: Advanced Track) 3 semester I b verplicht