ELCB301 Семантика


The course offers opportunities for expansion and practical application of the knowledge and skills acquired during the lecture course in Semantics. It aims at enrichment in terms of the theoretical aspects of the discipline through reading additional literature to allow the students to get acquainted with the latest developments in the field. Besides, the students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills to specific tasks with more practical orientation so that they get hands-on experience in using various analytical tools and approaches for the solution of problems related to the analysis of semantic phenomena.

The course includes lectures and seminars aiming at the introduction of key issues and clarification of tasks. The focus, however, is on independent learning and task fulfilment. The tasks are of both theoretical and practical character, to be submitted through the VLE platform Moodle as well as in the form of presentations and projects.

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Английски език и професионална комуникация (Съвместна програма с университета Йорк)


проф. Ирена Василева  д.н.

Описание на курса:


On completion of this course, the student will:

1. become familiar with the key terms used in semantics and lexicology

2. understand the major concepts and principles used in semantics and lexicology

3. gain an understanding of basic semantic theory and its importance for the study of English language

4. gain a general understanding of qualitative and quantitative analysis of lexical data

5. gain an introductory understanding of the relationships between framework, theory, analysis and data in lexical semantics and in a broader macro-linguistic and cognitive context

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. demonstrate understanding of key terms and concepts in lexical semantics

2. read basic literature in semantics and lexicology with a comfortable degree of understanding

3. critically examine and interpret theories and models which have emerged in areas of semantics and lexicology

4. assess the place of lexical semantics in the broader context of linguistics and other cognitive sciences

apply theoretical knowledge and appropriate techniques for describing and analysing lexical data in problem solving activities

Предварителни изисквания:
The students should possess basic knowledge of general linguistics and morphology.

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Semantics and linguistics. Semantics and philosophy of language. Semantics and semiotics. Goals of the course.
  2. What is meaning? Word meaning and sentence meaning. Denotation/reference. Literal and non-literal meaning.
  3. Reference as a theory of meaning.
  4. Word meaning. Words, concepts and the language of thought. Words and lexical items.
  5. Lexical relations (homonymy, polysemy, synonymy, opposites, hyponymy, meronymy)
  6. Grammatical relations. Derivational relations.
  7. Truth and logic.
  8. Entailment
  9. Presupposition. Semantic presupposition. Pragmatic presupposition.
  10. Sentence semantics.

Литература по темите:

Allan, K. (1986). Linguistic Meaning. 2 Volumes. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Avramides, Anita. (1989). Meaning and Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Blakemore, Diane. (1992). Understanding Utterances: an introduction to pragmatics. Oxford : Blackwell.

Cann, Ronnie. (1993). Formal Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

McConnel, G. and Ginet, Chierchia (1990). Meaning and Grammar: an Introduction to Semantics.

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Cruse, D. A. (1986). Lexical Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Fauconnier, Gills (1994). Mental spaces: aspects of meaning construction in natural language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Goddard, Cliff and Ann Wierzbicka (eds). (1994). Semantic and Lexical Universals. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Leech, Geoffery N. (1983). Principles of Pragmatics. London: Longman

Lyons, John (1981). Language, Meaning and Context. London: Fontana

Lyons, John (1995). Linguistic Semantics: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Saeed, John. (1997). Semantics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Pustejovsky, James (ed.) (1993). Semantics and Lexicon. Dordrecht: Kluwer