LNGS 402: Semantics


This course will introduce students to some of the basic concepts in the study of meaning in
language and the ways in which meaning is conveyed. Issues in connection with word and
sentence meaning as well as the relationship between sentence structure and
meaning/interpretation will be explored. Some of the topics to be discussed are: semantic
relations (such as synonymy, antonymy, polysemy and homophony); semantic relations
involving sentences (such as paraphrase, entailment, and contradiction); structural ambiguity
and thematic roles.