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Semantics 2


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Semantics 1


There are systematic patterns in how sentences in natural language convey various meanings. Formal Semantics is a theoretical framework that enables us to empirically investigate principles governing such systematic 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:

  • Types,

  • Functional application as meaning composition,

  • Quantification,

  • Generalized Quantifiers,

  • Presupposition Projection,

  • Intensionality, and

  • Interrogative clauses.

Semantic research using experimental methodology will also be discussed. This will be done in the form of several group presentations on recent papers addressing semantic issues employing psycholinguistic methodology.

Course objectives

  • To acquire the basic skills to analyze the meanings of structurally complex sentences in terms of its sub-sentential meaning composition.

  • To be able to read and critically review current literature in formal semantics.

  • To be able to apply the knowledge of formal semantics to independent research projects.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Course Load

Total course load 5EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 26 hours

  • Assignments: 26 hours

  • Preparation for the presentation: 13 hours

  • Preparation for the exam: 49 hours

Assessment method


The final mark for the course is established by the weighted average of the following components:
1. Written examination with open questions (70%)
2. Class Participation and successful submission of assignments (20%)
3. Group presentation of one of the assigned readings (10%)

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Resit of the written examination will take place.

Exam review

The model solutions of the exam will be uploaded on Blackboard together with the publication of the exam results at the latest.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Various class announcements

  • Uploading class handouts, slides and other materials

  • Submitting assignments

Reading list

The reading list will be provided on Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


Dr. W. Uegaki

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk