1386.22 - Semantics (BA)

Course number
Semantics (BA)
Students are required to have completed the mandatory core component of the BA degree in Faroese. Students may also seek to enrol on the course as an individual course; however, other prerequisites will apply (please refer to programme description in force).
To provide students with a foundation in semantics as an academic discipline, as well as the key concepts, phenomena and contemporary theories in semantics, in order to enable them to assess and apply this knowledge in the semantic analysis of meaning in language and meaning in language use.
The course will examine how meaning is expressed in natural language and includes a theoretical component, which will examine and describe semantics in general as an academic discipline and provide insight into semantic theory. On this basis the relationship between language statements (words, expressions and sentences) and external references and how this relationship is communicated through concepts. The course will focus on Faroese and draw on articles and other scholarly works examining semantic phenomena from different angles. The course will also include comparisons with other languages. It will, for example, examine how meaning is described formally, the significance of semantics for other linguistic disciplines and how language is used to communicate different meanings in different contexts.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course will run for three hours a week over one semester. The main teaching and learning approaches used will be lectures, discussions, exercises, and student presentations.
Learning outcomes
Successful students must have acquire a foundation in semantics and can demonstrate the ability to: • know and apply basic semantic concepts and terminology • explain the characteristics of semantic relations • explain the relationship between denotation and truth value • express insight into the links between semantics and other linguistic disciplines, such as pragmatics, lexical theory, morphology and syntax • describe and analyse how human beings handle and harness different semantic and pragmatic phenomena in daily communication.
Assessment method
6-hour written examination.
Marking scale
• Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Kasper Boye og Peter Harder. 2019. Semantik. Samfundslitteratur. • Mats Dahlhöf. 1999. Språklig betydelse: en introduktion till semantik och pragmatik. Studentlitteratur. • Barbara Dancygier & Eve Sweetser. 2014. Figurative Language. Cambridge University Press. • John Lyons. 1996. Linguistic semantics. An introduction. Cambridge University Press. • John I. Saeed. 2003. Semantics. Blackwell Publishing. • As well as a broad selection of articles and other scholarly works particularly on semantics, but also on pragmatics and lexicography. These will be distributed as the course progresses.
Zakaris Svabo Hansen