HG2002: Semantics and Pragmatics

Francis Bond <bond@ieee.org>: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018.

Tutor: Lee Junwen <ljunwen@ntu.edu.sg>

In this core course you will learn semantics at an introductory level and the skills needed to carry out semantic analysis. With these skills and your knowledge of semantic approaches, you will be able to analyze natural language data, as well as develop awareness of the inherent connections between semantics and other branches of linguistics.

Course Page: http://compling.hss.ntu.edu.sg/courses/hg2002.

The text book is:

I expect you to read all chapters assigned before class and attempt the tutorial. That way the information will be in your mind when I discuss it in class.


Course Outline

WeekDateSlidesTute SaeedMiscVideo
1 08-15 Introduction, Organization: What does it mean to mean? 01 Ch 1 We will do Tutorial One This week Evil Overlord Mitchel and Webb
- 08-22 Hari Raya Haji (عيد الأضحى ‎ ʿīd al-ʾaḍḥā “Feast of the Sacrifice ”)
2 08-29 Meaning, Thought and Reality 02 Ch 2 and 7.2 (Deixis) Reference (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Blackberry One Ronnie
3 09-05 Word Meaning 03 Ch 3 More on alternations Dead Parrot Monty Python
4 09-12 VENUE CHANGE to LT28
Sentence Relations and Truth
04 Ch 4, 10.2–5 Logical Fallacies Argument Sketch Monty Python
5 09-19 Situations 05 Ch 5 Introduce Assignment Ann Elk, Miss Monty Python
6 09-26 Participants 06 Ch 6
Does your dog bite? The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
- Recess Assignment Round 1 (Oct 3rd)
7 10-10 Context and Inference 07 Ch 7 Mid-term Exam: 40 minutes, starts at 12:35 sharp Unique Alas Smith and Jones
8 10-17 VENUE CHANGE to LT7
Speech as Action
08 Ch 8
Can you get that? Big Bang Theory
9 10-24 Meaning Components 09 Ch 9 Language Fry & Laurie
Transcriptions: Sketch 1 Sketch 2
Stephen Fry on Language
10 10-31 Formal Semantics
Revised by Junwen
10 Ch 10 Assignment deadline (Oct 31st 17:00)
You can hand the hardcopy in the following day
Regency disco Mitchel and Webb
11 11-07 Cognitive Linguistics 11 Ch 11
A bigger spoon
That Mitchell and Webb Situation
12 11-14 Revision Revision

I want to cook with you IT Crowd
Exam 11-21 12:30--14:30

Same time, same place

Slides may be updated at any time!

Recommended Readings


Dictionaries can not be used in the quizzes or exams.

Francis Bond <bond@ieee.org>
Computational Linguistics Lab
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Nanyang Technological University
Level 3, Room 55, 14 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637332
Tel: (+65) 6592 1568; Fax: (+65) 6794 6303