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

Course TuTh 10:00-11:30 am, 420-040
Section Tu 5:00-6:00 pm, 260-012
Course email
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsThu/Fri 11:30-12:30
Location460-101
TASara Kessler
Office hrsTue 1:00-2:00
Location460-030A
TAPrerna Nadathur
Office hrsThu 1:00-2:00
Location460-110


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
  2. In-class experiment 1: materials and analysis
  3. In-class experiment 2: materials and analysis
  4. A few notes on the definite article
  5. On reading Syrett et al. 2009
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
  2. The semantic grammar implemented in Python
  3. Chris's annotated copy of the handout
  1. Assignment 3 [due Feb 3]
  1. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §1
  2. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §2
Jan 29
Feb 3
  1. Pragmatics: introduction by example
  2. Introduction to pragmatics
  3. In-class experiment 3: materials and analysis
  1. Assignment 4 [due Feb 10]
  1. Grice 1975
5
10
  1. Conversational implicatures
  2. In-class experiment 4: materials and analysis
  3. Pragmatic orderings
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 12]
  2. Extra credit 1 [close date Mar 5]
  1. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  2. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
  3. Optional: Frank and Goodman 2012
12
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  1. Assignment 5 [due Feb 24]
  2. Optional final projects
  1. Simons 2006, §1-3
  2. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
19
  1. Sara: The semantics and pragmatics of numerals
  2. Prerna: The semantics and pragmatics of unless
24
  1. Presupposition
  2. On the factivity of know
  3. Framing
  4. Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 3]
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Mar 3
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 10]
  1. Solan and Tiersma 2005, §3: "Consensual searches"
  2. Video: Language as a window into human nature (Steven Pinker)
5
  1. Speech acts
10
  1. Swearing
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 12 [due Mar 19, 6:30 pm]
  1. Podcast: The Allusionist 4: Denotating the C-bomb
  2. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2005, §11
12
  1. Debate: Is this perjury?

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