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Linguistics 6: The Semantics of English



This course is concerned with the basic principles of lexical and sentence semantics as applied to modern English. Topics considered include notions such as entailment, polysemy, synonymy, presupposition and modality, the place of semantics within linguistics, and its relation to disciplines such as psychology and philosophy.

Teaching method

Two hour seminar per week.

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 (Propedeuse) or a similar course.

Course objectives

Students are familiar with general semantic principles and are able to apply these to English.

Required reading

To be announced.

Test method

One in-term written assignment (30%), written exam (70%).

Time table

The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.


English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


There will be no Blackboard site available.