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

Course Tue/Thu 10:30-11:50 am, Hewlett Teaching Center 200
Section Wed 12:30-1:20 pm, Hewlett Teaching Center 103
Teaching staff email
Canvas course site https://canvas.stanford.edu/courses/74592/
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsTue/Wed 3:00-4:00
Location460-116
TAReuben Cohn-Gordon
Office hrsWed 4:00-5:00
Location460-040D
TASebastian Schuster
Office hrsMon 4:30-5:30 pm
Location460-022


Plan Assignment Reference
Jan 9
  1. Overview of topics
  2. On reading Partee 1995
  1. Quiz 1 [due Jan 16]
  2. Quiz 2 [due Jan 18]
  3. Quiz 3 [due Jan 23]
  4. Assignment 1 [due Jan 23]
  1. Partee 1995, p. 311-330
  2. Screencast: Entailment
Jan 11
  1. Partee 1995: Towards a compositional theory [annotated version]
  2. Experiment 1 (adjectives): materials, results, analysis
  3. Experiment 2 (definites): materials, results, analysis
  4. On reading Syrett et al. 2009 [annotated version]
Jan 16
  1. Partee 1995, p. 330-342
  2. Screencast: Adjectives and semantic composition
  3. Syrett et al. 2009, §2
  4. Optional: Devitt and Sterelny 1995, §3–4
  5. Optional: remaining sections of Syrett et al. 2009
Jan 18
Jan 23
  1. Quantifiers [annotated version]
  1. Quiz 4 [due Jan 25]
  2. Quiz 5 [due Jan 30]
  3. Assignment 2 [due Jan 30]
  1. Screencast: Quantificational determiners
  2. Keenan 1996
  3. Optional: von Fintel and Matthewson 2008, §3
Jan 25
Jan 30
  1. Semantic composition [annotated version]
  2. Full semantic grammar implemented in Python
  3. Entailment and Commonsense Reasoning in NLP
  1. Quiz 6 [due Feb 1]
  2. Quiz 7 [due Feb 6]
  3. Assignment 3 [due Feb 6]
  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
Feb 1
Feb 6
  1. Pragmatics: Introduction by example
  2. Introduction to pragmatics
  1. Quiz 8 [due Feb 13]
  2. Assignment 4 [due Feb 13]
  1. Grice 1975
Feb 8
Feb 13
  1. Conversational implicature
  2. The implicatures of exceptives
  3. Processing of scalar implicatures
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 15]
  1. Screencast: Conversational implicature
  2. Degen & Tanenhaus 2014, p. 667-684
  3. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  4. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
Feb 15
Feb 20
  1. Diagnosing conversational implicatures
  2. Introduction to the Rational Speech Acts model
  3. Experiment 3 (reference games): materials, results, models, analysis
  1. Quiz 9 [due Feb 22]
  2. Quiz 10 [due Feb 27]
  3. Assignment 5 [due Feb 27]
  4. Optional final projects
  1. Goodman and Frank 2016
Feb 22
Feb 27
  1. Notes on quiz 9: Diagnosing conversational implicatures
  2. Presupposition
  3. On the factivity of know
  4. Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 6]
  2. Quiz 11 [due Mar 6]
  3. Extra credit [close-date Mar 13]
  1. Simons 2006, §1-3
  2. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
  3. Screencast: Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
Mar 1
Mar 6
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 13]
  2. Quiz 12 [due Mar 13]
Mar 8
  1. Speech acts
  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)
Mar 13
  1. Swearing
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 15 [due Mar 21, 3:15 pm]
  2. All late work must be turned in by Mar 21, 3:15 pm, as well
  1. Podcast: The Allusionist 4: Denotating the C-bomb
  2. Optional: Jay 2000, §3, 5, 10
Mar 15
  1. Final debate

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