Linguist 130a/230a: Introduction to semantics & pragmatics

Course Tue/Thu 10:30-11:50 am, Campbell Recital Hall 126, Braun Music Center
Section Mon 4:30-5:30 pm, 460-126
Teaching staff email
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsTue/Wed 3:00-4:00
Location460-101
TAPhil Crone
Office hrsFri 1:00-2:00
Location460-030C
TACiyang Qing
Office hrsMon 11:00-12:00
Location460-030D


Plan Assignment Reference
Jan 5
  1. Overview of topics
  2. On reading Partee 1995
  1. Assignment 1 [due Jan 19]
  1. Partee 1995, p. 311-330
  2. Screencast: Entailment
Jan 7
  1. Partee 1995: Towards a compositional theory
  2. Experiment 1 (adjectives): materials, results, analysis
  3. Experiment 2 (definites): materials, results, analysis
  4. On reading Syrett et al. 2009
Jan 12
  1. Partee 1995, p. 330-342
  2. Screencast: Adjectives and semantic composition
  3. Syrett et al. 2009, §2
  4. Optional: remaining sections of Syrett et al. 2009
Jan 14
Jan 19
  1. Quantifiers
  1. Assignment 2 [due Jan 26]
  1. Screencast: Quantificational determiners
  2. Keenan 1996
  3. Optional: von Fintel and Matthewson 2008, §3
Jan 21
Jan 26
  1. Semantic composition
  2. Annotated copy of the handout
  3. The semantic grammar implemented in Python
  1. Assignment 3 [due Feb 2]
  1. Screencast: Technical preliminaries
  2. Screencast: Semantic lexicon
  3. Screencast: Semantic grammar
  4. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §1
  5. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §2
Jan 28
Feb 2
  1. Pragmatic enrichment: Introduction by example
  2. Introduction to pragmatics
  1. Assignment 4 [due Feb 9]
  1. Grice 1975
Feb 4
Feb 9
  1. Conversational implicature
  2. Experiment 3 (implicatures): materials, results, analysis
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 11]
  2. Extra credit 1 [close date Feb 16]
  1. Screencast: Conversational implicature
  2. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  3. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
  4. Optional: Frank and Goodman 2012
Feb 11
Feb 16
  1. Presupposition
  1. Assignment 5 [due Feb 23]
  1. Screencast: Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
  2. Simons 2006, §1-3
  3. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
Feb 18
Feb 23
  1. Speech acts
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 1]
  1. Screencast: Sentence types and illocutionary forces
  2. Solan and Tiersma 2005, §3: "Consensual searches"
  3. Video: Language as a window into human nature (Steven Pinker)
Feb 25
Mar 1
  1. Social meaning
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 8]
  1. Eckert 2008
  2. Optional: Acton and Potts 2010
Mar 3
  1. Swearing
  1. Podcast: The Allusionist 4: Denotating the C-bomb
  2. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2005, §11
Mar 8
  1. Computational approaches to meaning
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 10 [due Mar 17, 6:30 pm]
  1. Optional: MacCartney and Manning 2009
  2. Optional: Liang and Potts 2015
  3. Optional: Jurafsky 2004
  4. Optional: Turney and Pantel 2010
Mar 10
  1. Language and the law
  1. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2002

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