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

Course TuTh 10:00-11:30 am, 420-040
Section (130c) Tu, 5:00-6:00 pm, 460-334
Course email
InstructorChristopher Potts
Office hrsThu/Fri 11:30-12:30
Office460-101
TAJames Collins
Office hrsTue 1:30-2:30
Office460-030E
TALelia Glass
Office hrsThu 1:00-2:00
Office460-114


Plan Assignment Reading/Reference
Jan 7
  1. Overview of topics
  2. On reading Partee 1995
  1. Assignment 1 [due Jan 21]
  1. Partee 1995, p. 311-330
9
  1. Partee 1995: Towards a compositional theory
  2. In class experiment 2: materials, responses, analysis
  3. On reading Syrett et al. 2009
  4. In class experiment 1: materials, responses, analysis
14
  1. Partee 1995, p. 330-342
  2. Syrett et al. 2009, §2
  3. Optional: remaining sections of Syrett et al. 2009
16
21
  1. Lelia: predicting compound noun meanings
  2. Quantifiers
  1. Assignment 2 [due Jan 28]
  1. Keenan 1996
  2. Optional: von Fintel and Matthewson 2008, §3
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28
  1. Semantic composition
  1. Assignment 3 [due Feb 4]
  2. Extra credit 1 [close-date Feb 11]
  3. Extra credit 1 answers
  1. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §1
  2. Heim and Kratzer 1998, §2
Jan 30
Feb 4
  1. James: possession, relational nouns, and semantic composition
  2. Pragmatics: introduction by example
  3. Introduction to pragmatics
  1. Assignment 4 [due Feb 11]
  1. Grice 1975
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11
  1. Conversational implicature
  2. In class experiment 3: materials, responses, analysis
  1. Mid-term exam distributed [due Feb 13]
  1. Optional: E.O. Keenan 1979
  2. Optional: Stiller et al. 2011
  3. Optional: Frank and Goodman 2012
13
18
  1. Conversational implicature cancelation and reinforcement
  2. Presupposition
  1. Assignment 5 [due Feb 25]
  2. Optional final projects (required for Linguistics grad students)
  1. Simons 2006, §1-3
  2. Optional: Heim and Kratzer 1998, §4.4
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25
  1. James: definiteness presuppositions
  1. Assignment 6 [due Mar 4]
  2. Extra credit 2 [close-date Mar 13]
  1. Optional: Büring 1999
27
  1. Distribution of homework 5 judgments
  2. Diagnosing different kinds of meaning
  3. Interpreting interrogatives and focus
  4. In class experiment 4: materials, responses, analysis
Mar 4
  1. Assignment 7 [due Mar 11]
  1. Solan and Tiersma 2005, §3
  2. Optional: Green 2007
6
  1. Lelia: speech acts
  2. Lelia: sentential force across languages
11 Swearing
  1. Final exam distributed Mar 13 [due Mar 20, 10:00 pm]
  1. Optional: Solan and Tiersma 2005, §11
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  1. The linguist on the witness stand

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