Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics

A cartoon illustrating the concept of structural ambiguity.

A cartoon illustration of structural ambiguity.  (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

24.903 / 24.933

As Taught In

Spring 2005



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Course Description

Course Description

This course gives an introduction to the science of linguistic meaning. There are two branches to this discipline: semantics, the study of conventional, "compositional meaning", and pragmatics, the study of interactional meaning. There are other contributaries: philosophy, logic, syntax, and psychology. We will try to give you an understanding of the concepts of semantics and pragmatics and of some of the technical tools that we use.

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Kai von Fintel. 24.903 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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