Semantics 2, SoSe 2017

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Semantics 2 Richter

Course description

This course presupposes a background in formal semantics compatible with the material discussed in Semantics 1. Based on some chapters of Sebastian Löbner's introductory textbook we investigate various more advanced topics in natural language semantics, possibly including (but not limited to) different types of meaning, definiteness vs. indefiniteness, quantification, predication, and cognition. These will be related to the architecture of constraint-based semantics.


Sebastian Löbner (2013): Understanding Semantics. Routledge. Second Edition.

Entrance test

Send your solutions to the entrance test, available at www.english-linguistics.de/fr/teaching/ss17/cbs/SoSe17-Semantics2-EntranceTest.pdf, to f.richter@em.uni-frankfurt.de by April 3rd.

Semantics 2 Sailer

Link to this course's wiki page: Semantics_2,_SoSe_2017_(Sailer)

Olat course: https://olat-ce.server.uni-frankfurt.de/olat/auth/RepositoryEntry/4778393610

Course description

In this course, we will look at phenomena that connect semantics and pragmatics. In particular, we look at presuppositions and implicatures, such as those occurring in the following dialogue.

A: "Where will you go on vacation this summer?"

B: "You know, I need to finish my thesis."

A presupposes that B will go on vacation. B asserts that s/he has some obligation. In the dialogue, this triggers the implicature that B will not go on vacation in the summer but rather work on their thesis.

We will show how important aspects of these phenomena can be integrated into the framework of combinatorial semantics introduced in our Semantics 1 class.

Entrance test

Please send your solution to the following test to sailer@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Entrance test: File:SoSe17-Semantics2-EntranceTest.pdf