Linguistic categories and models of analysis (2015/2016)

Course code
4S004037
Name of lecturer
Denis Delfitto
Coordinator
Denis Delfitto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
English
Period
Semestrino IA, Semestrino IB

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  

Learning outcomes

This course can be conceived of as an introduction to the theory of meaning in natural language and will be taught in English. The topics addressed will be the following: 1. Lexical meaning and compositional meaning; 2. Grammar and logic; 3. Elements of first-order logic; 4. Nominal and verbal quantification; 5. Grammar and meaning; 6. Meaning in context; 7. Meaning and thought.

Syllabus

This course consists in an introduction to the theories of meaning for natural language, with a focus on the formal foundations of semantic analyses and on its cognitive implications. Here is a short list of the main topics that will be addressed: 1. Lexical and sentence meaning: a compositional analysis of meaning; 2. Propositional and predicative calculus (first-order logic systems); 3. Grammar and logic; 4. Quantification in the nominal and verbal domains; 5. Literal and enriched meaning: principles of language use; 6. Language, concepts, thought.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016