Seminar: Pragmatics of Figurative Language

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain English
    Code UE-L06.01282
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SA-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Thursday 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire (Autumn semester)

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description

    Meaning is arguably the most elusive aspect of language. While many linguistic processes are directly observable, meaning isn't. In this seminar, students will familiarise themselves with the semantic and pragmatic methodologies and concepts used in the linguistic analysis of meaning production and comprehension. How is meaning arrived at? How is it elaborated?

    Specifically, we will see how experimental approaches can help us capture these ‘invisible’ phenomena. We will observe how experimental designs can be used to test the processes involved in our minds when we construct meaning. Using a practical approach, students will discover and apply the techniques used to investigate how the human mind interprets sentences. Different semantic and pragmatic components of meaning will serve as a basis for our investigations: how do we resolve ambiguities? How do we make sense of metaphors and figurative meaning? How do we know what the other person is referring to? How do we calculate implicit meaning, among others. In this process, students will be invited to make suggestions regarding the type of meaning they wish to investigate.

    Training objectives
    • methodological and practical approach to carrying empirical and experimental research with linguistic data in English
    • theoretical and methodological tools used to analyse semantic and pragmatic meaning
    • knowledge of the current relevant issues in the field
    • critical evaluation of scientific paper
    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    No
    BeNeFri
    No
    Mobility
    No
    UniPop
    No

    Documents

    Bibliography

    A bibliography and a list of assigned readings will be made available in the first week of the semester.  

  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    22.09.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    29.09.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    06.10.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    13.10.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    20.10.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    27.10.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    03.11.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    10.11.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    17.11.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    24.11.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    01.12.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    15.12.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
    22.12.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2120
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Autumn Session 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SA-2023, Session d'hiver 2024

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    English Language and Literature 30 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_P2_ang_V01
    Module 1minor: English Linguistics

    English Language and Literature 90 [MA]
    Version: SA17_MA_PA_ang_V01
    Modules 5 branches > Module 1: English Linguistics