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Semantics 2


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Semantics 1


There are systematic patterns in how sentence meanings in natural language are computed based on the meanings of the sentence's components plus the way these components are put together in syntax. Formal Semantics is a theoretical framework that enables us to empirically investigate and describe these patterns, employing tools made available by linguistics, logic and cognitive science.
This course is the second course of the two-semester introduction to formal semantics. Topics of the second semester include:

  • Generalised quantifiers

  • Events and thematic roles

  • Tense and aspect

  • Propositional attitudes

  • Modals

  • Types, meaning composition & the lambda calculus

Course objectives

  1. To acquire the basic skills to analyse the meanings of structurally complex sentences in terms of its sub-sentential meaning composition.
  2. To be able to apply formal semantic tools to actual natural language data and formulate solutions within the framework acquired in the course.
  3. To be able to read and critically reflect on primary literature in semantics.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Weekly homework assignment (20%)
Writing assignment (10%)
Written exam (open book) with short open questions (70%)


A resit will be offered for the exam, and students will have the opportunity to drop their lowest homework grades and make up late homework for 50% of the points.

Reading list

A course in semantics Altshuler, Parsons & Schwarzschild, MIT Press, 2019

as well a supplementary materials that will be provided during the course.


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