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Linguistics 6: Introduction to English Semantics


Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 or equivalent course.


Introduction to basic concepts of English semantics, concentrating mainly on lexical semantics.We will consider entailment, synonymy, hyponomy, antonymy, presupposition and modality, and introduce formal logic.

Course objectives

Students become acquainted with general semantic concepts and are able to apply these to English.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website.

Mode of instruction

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Assessment method

In-term written paper (30%); written test (70%)


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Patrick Griffiths. (2006). An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.