Semantics Syllabus

Course Outline

Linguistics 525

Week

Day

Reading

Assignment

Lecture

Background

  Thu Jan 23     What's expected of you.  
Week 1 Tue Jan 28 Chapter 1: Ravin & Leacock (2000): pp 1 - 23. Kilgariff 1997. (Blackboard).   Semantics and word meaning, Definitions and polysemy.  
  Thu Jan 30        
Week 2 Tue Feb 04 Chapter 1 & 2 Allwood, Anderson and Dahl. [Blackboard] Kearns. 1.1-1.3. Meaning. Denotations. Possible worlds. Truth conditions. Polysemy assignment., Polysemy assignment (model) answers. Sets and semantics, Possible worlds, entailments Invitation to semantics  
  Thu Feb 06        
Week 3 Tue Feb 11 Chapter 3 & 4 Allwood, Anderson and Dahl. [Blackboard] Seneca Kinship Assignment, Seneca Kinship hint. Sets and semantics (II), Logical relations among sentences, Logic trees and truth tables, Translating English into statement logic,  
  Thu Feb 13        
Week 4 Tue Feb 18 Chapter 3 & 4 Allwood, Anderson and Dahl. [Blackboard] Assignment: Allwood, Anderson, and Dahl, Exercises pp. 13, 14. \ 1, 2, 3 (use trees, as on. p. 49), 4[a, b, c], 5 Statement Logic and Predicate logic, Logic trees and truth tables.  
  Thu Feb 20     Possible worlds, entailments Logical relations among sentences.  
Week 5 Tue Feb 25 Chapter 1 Kearns. 1.4,1.6. Implicature. From Birner, B. 2009. Introduction to Pragmatics. Chapter 2. Implicature. [See Blackboard] Assignment: Allwood, Anderson, and Dahl, Exercises pp. 56, 57. 1, 2a-e, 3d, f, 4abc, Seneca solution. Implicature,  
  Thu Feb 27        
Week 6 Tue Mar 03 Chapter 2, 3. Kearns. Translating English into propositional, predicate logic.   Predicate logic Translating English into logic.  
  Thu Mar 05   Assignment: Kearns (chapter 1) Exercise 8 (a-g), also Questions (Birner). Truth tables, logic. All wood et al. answers.  
Week 7 Tue Mar 10 Chapter 3. Kearns. Predicate logic.   A little more pred logic, and still a little more Translating English into pred logic.  
  Thu Mar 12   Assignment: Kearns (chapter 2) 1[a,d,f,h]; 2, 9[all],11[a,b,c,d,e,g], 12[a], 15[all], Answers to Kearns Chap 2 assignment. Birner questions assignment answers.    
Week 8 Tue Mar 17 Chapter 3. Kearns. Predicate logic.   Logic translation tutorial  
  Thu Mar 19        
Week 9 Tue Mar 24 Chapter 1-4 Allwood et al. Chapter 1, 3-4 Kearns, Chapter 2: Birner Review Assignment: Kearns (chapter 3), pp. 55,56, Exercises 1 (all), 2(a-e), 3 (d, f) Discussion of common errors. Practice midterm. Model answers for practice midterm. 2019 Midterm, Midterm review, Midterm model answers., Entailment help General logic help, Midterm review exercises (introduced in class today), Midterm review exercise answers (Tuesday after noon class discussion. Answers to Chapter three assignment exercises, Midterm 2020.    
  Thu Mar 26   Assignment: Midterm    
Week 10 Tue Mar 31 H'day H'day H'day H'day
  Thu Apr 02 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Week 11 Tue Apr 07 Chapter 4 Birner. Reference, Deixis, Definites. Birner reference slides. (lasts slide has assignment)    
  Thu Apr 09        
Week 12 Tue Apr 14 Chapter 5 Birner. Presuppos- ition.      
  Thu Apr 16        
Week 13 Tue Apr 21        
  Thu Apr 23   Reference, presupposition assignment model answers, Notes on presupposition, Notes on Russell's analysis,  
Week 14 Tue Apr 28        
  Thu Apr 30        
Week 15 Tue May 05 Chapter 8. Kearns. Aspectual classes. Assignment: Exercises 1[a,d,e,f,g], 2[b,c,d], 3[a,b,c,d,e,f], The ones to focus on. Due May 7. Aspect tutorial, Lecture  
  Thu May 07   Semantics final. Aspect assignment model answers (partial), Focal points for presupoposition and reference. Russell discussion, Last class day  
Week 16 Tue May 12        
  Thu May 14        
Week 17 Tue May 19   Aspect assignment model answers (partial). Aspect tutorial,  
  Thu May 21 Chapter 5,7, 8, 11. Review.    
Week 18 Tue May 26        
  Thu May 28        
Week 19 Tue Jun 02        
  Thu Jun 04