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

Course TuTh 10:00-11:30 am, 420-040
Section Time and location TBA
Course email
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsThu/Fri 11:30-12:30
Office460-101
TASara Kessler
Office hrsTBA
OfficeTBA
TAPrerna Nadathur
Office hrsTBA
OfficeTBA


Plan Assignment Reading/Reference
Jan 6
  1. Overview of topics
  2. On reading Partee 1995
  1. Assignment 1 [due Jan 20]
  1. Partee 1995, p. 311-330
8
  1. Partee 1995: Towards a compositional theory
13
  1. Partee 1995, p. 330-342
  2. Syrett et al. 2009, §2
  3. Optional: remaining sections of Syrett et al. 2009
15
20
  1. Quantifiers
  1. Assignment 2 [due Jan 27]
  1. Keenan 1996
  2. Optional: von Fintel and Matthewson 2008, §3
22
27
  1. Semantic composition
  1. Assignment 3 [due Feb 3]
  1. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §1
  2. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §2
Jan 29
Feb 3
  1. Introduction to pragmatics
  1. Assignment 4 [due Feb 10]
  1. Grice 1975
5
10
  1. Conversational implicature
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 12]
  1. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  2. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
  3. Optional: Frank and Goodman 2012
12
17
  1. Presupposition
  1. Assignment 5 [due Feb 24]
  1. Simons 2006, §1-3
  2. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
19
24
  1. Reference and common ground
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 3]
  1. Brennan and Clark 1996
26
  1. Interpreting interrogatives and focus
Mar 3
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 10]
  1. Optional: Büring 1999
5
  1. Speech acts
10 Swearing
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 12 [due Mar 19, 6:30 pm]
  1. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2005, §3
  2. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2005, §11
12
  1. The linguist on the witness stand

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