Linguistic categories and models of analysis (2016/2017)

Course code
4S004037
Name of lecturers
Denis Delfitto, Chiara Melloni
Coordinator
Denis Delfitto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
English
Period
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5 from Oct 5, 2016  to Nov 12, 2016
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula D4-Olimpia from Nov 22, 2016  to Nov 22, 2016
Tuesday 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Friday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  

Learning outcomes

This course aims at familiarizing the participants with important aspects of a theory of meaning for natural language, including the analysis of compositional meaning and of meaning in context. Some of the insights and results provided by different domains of research (formal semantics, experimental pragmatics, language impairment) will be evaluated and compared with each other, with the goal of enhancing the critical skills and the methodological awareness of the participants

Syllabus

The topics addressed will be the following:
1. Lexical meaning and compositional meaning;
2. Grammar and logic as foundations for a theory of meaning;
3. Reference and quantification in natural language;
4. Meaning in context (models of analysis in formal semantics and in experimental pragmatics) ;
5. Systems of interpretation and cognitive/linguistic impairment

Method: Lecture-based learning and seminar activities

Compulsory reading:

Denis Delfitto & Roberto Zamparelli, “Le strutture del significato”. Il mulino, Bologna

Detailed instructions about (further) study materials will be provided during the course

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam based on the content of the course, including seminar activities

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017