Semantics and Pragmatics (LNGS3601)


Semantics deals with the meaning of words, phrases, sentences and texts, and the relations between those meanings. Pragmatics deals with how speakers use context and shared information to convey information additional to the semantic content of what they say, and with how hearers make inferences on the basis of this information. Our goal is to explore the diversity of ways in which meaning can be expressed linguistically in different languages, as well as of what constitutes evidence for meaning.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd equivalent exercise (15%), 1x1000wd equivalent exercise (25%), 1x3000wd Essay (60%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(LNGS2623 and LNGS2624) or (18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature)

Study this unit outside a degree

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Cross-institutional study

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