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

Course Tue/Thu 10:30-11:50 am, McCullough 115
Section Fri 2:30-3:20 pm, 160-314
Teaching staff email
Canvas course site https://canvas.stanford.edu/courses/93799
Discussion board https://piazza.com/stanford/winter2019/ling130a/
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsTue/Wed 3-4 pm
Location460-116
TAReuben Cohn-Gordon
Office hrsMon 3-5 pm
Location460-040D
TAOmer Korat
Office hrsTue 4-5 pm
Location460-123


Plan Assignment Reference
Jan 8
  1. Overview of topics
  2. On reading Partee 1995
  1. Assignment 1 [due Jan 22]
  2. Quiz 1 [due Jan 15]
  3. Quiz 2 [due Jan 17]
  4. Quiz 3 [due Jan 22]
  1. Partee 1995, p. 311-330
  2. Screencast: Entailment
Jan 10
  1. Partee 1995: Towards a compositional theory [annotated version]
  2. Experiment 1 (adjectives): materials, results, analysis
  3. On reading Syrett et al. 2009
  4. Experiment 2 (definites): materials, results, analysis
Jan 15
  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 17
Jan 22
  1. Quantifiers [annotated version]
  1. Assignment 2 [due Jan 29]
  2. Quiz 4 [due Jan 24]
  3. Quiz 5 [due Jan 29]
  1. Screencast: Quantificational determiners
  2. Keenan 1996
  3. Optional: von Fintel and Matthewson 2008, §3
Jan 24
Jan 29
  1. Semantic composition [annotated version]
  2. Full semantic grammar implemented in Python
  1. Assignment 3 [due Feb 5; tex src]
  2. Quiz 6 [due Jan 31]
  3. Quiz 7 [due Feb 5]
  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 31
Feb 5
  1. Introduction to pragmatics
  2. The semantics and pragmatics of exceptives
  1. Assignment 4 [due Feb 12; tex src]
  2. Quiz 8 [due Feb 12]
  1. Grice 1975
Feb 7
Feb 12
  1. Conversational implicature [annotated version]
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 14; tex src]
  2. Guidance on final projects
  1. Screencast: Conversational implicature
  2. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  3. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
Feb 14
Feb 19
  1. Introduction to the Rational Speech Acts model
  2. RSA implemented in Python
  3. Experiment 3 (reference games): materials, results, analysis
  1. Assignment 5 [due Feb 26; tex src]
  2. Quiz 9 [due Feb 26]
  1. Screencast: Introduction to the Rational Speech Acts model
  2. Goodman and Frank 2016
  3. Degen & Tanenhaus 2015, p. 667-684
Feb 21
Feb 26
  1. Slides on metaphor
  2. Presupposition
  3. Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 5; tex src]
  2. Quiz 10 [due Feb 28]
  3. Quiz 11 [due Mar 5]
  1. Simons 2006, §1-3
  2. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
  3. Screencast: Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
Feb 28
Mar 5
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 12; tex src]
Mar 7
  1. Speech acts
  2. Is this perjury?
  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 12
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 14 [due Mar 20, 3:15 pm; tex src]
  2. All late work must be turned in by Mar 20, 3:15 pm, as well
  1. Podcast: The Allusionist 4: Denotating the C-bomb
  2. Optional: Jay 2000, §3, 5, 10
Mar 14
  1. Swearing

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