ELCB310 Проект: 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 students will:

1. understand the major concepts and principles used in semantics and lexicology in more detail

2. gain a deeper understanding of qualitative and quantitative analysis of lexical data

3. get acquainted with the latest theoretical and analytical approaches to the study of semantic phenomena

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

1. read and understand additional literature in semantics and

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

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

4. 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 and attend the course in Semantics.

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Word meaning. Words, concepts and the language of thought. Words and lexical items.
  2. Literal and non-literal meaning.
  3. Lexical relations (homonymy, polysemy, synonymy, opposites, hyponymy, meronymy)
  4. Presupposition and entailment.
  5. Sentence semantics.

Литература по темите:

Borjesson, Kristin. (2011). The Notions of Literal and Non-literal

Meaning in Semantics and Pragmatics. Dissertation.

Falkum, I.L. (2011). The semantics and pragmatics of polysemy: a relevance-¬theoretic account. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Accessible at: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1139079/

Glynn, Dylan. (2014). Polysemy and synonymy

Cognitive theory and corpus method. doi: 10.1075/hcp.43.01gly

Goodman, Noah D., Tenenbaum, Joshua B., Gerstenberg, Tobias. (2015). Concepts in a Probabilistic Language of Thought. Accessible at: https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/100174

Groh, A. (2016). Culture, Language and Thought: Field Studies on Colour Concepts, Journal of Cognition and Culture, 16(1-2), 83-106. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685373-12342169

Hoeks, John C.J., Laurie A. Stowe, Gina Doedens. (2004). Seeing words in context: the interaction of lexical and sentence level

information during reading. Cognitive Brain Research 19 (2004) 59 – 73.

López Belem G., Vaid Jyotsna, Tosun Sümeyra, Rao Chaitra. (2017). Bilinguals' Plausibility Judgments for Phrases with a Literal vs. Non-literal Meaning: The Influence of Language Brokering Experience. Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 8, p. 1661

Mihas, Elena. (2005). Literal Language in Political Discourse. LSO Working Papers in Linguistics 5: Proceedings of WIGL 2005, pp. 124-139.

Pethő, G. (2001). What is Polysemy? — A survey of current research and results. Bibok, K./E. Németh T. (Eds.), Pragmatics and the Flexibility of Word Meaning. Oxford: Elsevier, 2001, pp. 175–224.

Rochel Gelman and C. R. Gallistel (2004). Science • 15 Oct 2004 • Vol 306, Issue 5695 • pp. 441-443 • DOI: 10.1126/science.1105144

Sidnell, Jack. (2020). Presupposition and entailment. DOI:10.1002/9781118786093.iela0325