Semantics Syllabus

Course Outline

Linguistics 525






Thu Jan 19     Semantics and word meaning  
Tue Jan 24     What's expected of you.  
Thu Jan 26 Chapter 1 Kearns. 1.1-1.3. Meaning. Denotations. Possible worlds. Truth conditions.   Invitation to semantics  
Tue Jan 31   Seneca kinship assignment Hints for Seneca kinship assignment    
Thu Feb 02 Chapter 2. Big picture. Why sentential semantics first. Propositional logic. English sentential conectives: and, or, if (then), only if, unless. Relations. Logical Form: Translating English into logic.   Brief intro to logic Logic trees Translating English into statement logic,  
Tue Feb 07   Assignment two: Definitions Kearns Ch. 1, p.20, Exercises 1 and 2 (assume that "truth set" means intension).    
Thu Feb 09 Chapter 2, ctd. Propositional logic ctd.   Predicate logic  
Tue Feb 14        
Thu Feb 16   Assignment: Kearns (chapter 2) 1[a,d,f,h]; 2, 6, 9[all],11[a,b,c,d,e,g],12[a], 15[all]    
Tue Feb 21 Chapter 1 Kearns. 1.4,1.6. Presupposition and Implicature   Implicature, Lesson about Definitions.  
Thu Feb 23   Assignment: Kearns (chapter 1) Exercises 4 and 8 (a-g). Answer this question    
Tue Feb 28 Chapter 2,3. Translating English into propositional, predicate logic.   Predicate logic  
Thu Mar 02 Chapter 3. Predicate logic. Assignment: Translation assignment. Alternative translations (optional replacement for sections 2 and 3 of translation assignment). Brief intro to logic Translating English into logic.  
Tue Mar 07        
Thu Mar 09 Chapter 3. Predicate logic. Assignment: Chapter 3 , pp. 55,56, Exercises 1 (all), 2(a-e), 3 (d, f) Logic translation tutorial  
Tue Mar 14        
Thu Mar 16 Chapter 5. Modality; possible worlds again; necessity, possibility; deontic and epistemic modality. Try this Modal Logic Playground   Modality and possible worlds. Possible worlds analysis of conditionals, Logic notes (pdf, html) Logical Form tutorial  
Tue Mar 21   Midterm: Due Apr 7, Midterm review, Midterm model answers., Entailment help General logic help,    
Thu Mar 23        
Tue Mar 28 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Thu Mar 30 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Tue Apr 04 Chapter 5. Modality; possible worlds again ( ctd.) Midterm Given Out Today (due Apr. 11) Modality assignment (due April 18), Modality tutorial.    
Thu Apr 06        
Tue Apr 11 Chapter 7. Referential Opacity Assignment: Kearns (chapter 7) 1, 2, 3 [Due April 18, same day as modality!] Indefinites and referential opacity.  
Thu Apr 13        
Tue Apr 18 Chapter 8. Aspectual classes. Assignment: Exercises 1[a,d,e,f,g], 2[b,c,d], 3[a,b,c,d,e,f] (Due Apr 25), One word answers to these questions are worth 0 points. You must use the tests discussed in the chapter to provide evidence for your claims. Aspect tutorial, Lecture  
Thu Apr 20        
Tue Apr 25 Chapter 11. Events. Assignment: Kearns (chapter 11) 1, 2, 3, 4 [Due May 2nd] (We will discuss 7 in class)    
Thu Apr 27        
Tue May 02 Chapter 2, 3, 5. Review. Logical form, scope ambiguity, implicature, entailment, presupposition. Model answer (modality), Model answer (opacity), Aspect assignment model answers, Event assignment model answers, 2017 Midterm model answers, Aspect tutorial,    
Thu May 04 Chapter 5,7, 8, 11. Review.     Last class day  
Tue May 09        
Thu May 11   2017 Final, Due May 11: 12:15 AM.    
Tue May 16        
Thu May 18        
Tue May 23