This course introduces the semantics of the English Language; it presents the basic principles of semantics, and explores how English languages organize and express meanings through words, parts of words and sentences. At the end of this course, the students shall be able to:
- discuss the relationship of words to other words, and sentences to other sentences;
- illustrate the importance of ‘tone of voice’ and ‘body language’ in face-to-face exchanges, and the role of context in any communication;
- make random comparisons of features in other languages;
- explain the knowledge speakers of a language must have in common to enable them to communicate;
- discuss the nature of language; the structure of discourse; the distinction between lexical and grammatical meaning; and
- examine such relations as synonymy, antonymy, and hyponymy; ambiguity; implication; factivity; aspect; and modality.
- Teacher: Alex Soriano
Gender and Language is a diverse and rapidly developing field, which has both academic and popular appeal. The ‘turn to language’ across the humanities and social sciences, and the impact of critical linguistics and discourse analysis, have contributed to a reframing of questions on gender and language. This course provides a broad overview of key issues and questions, and aims to do so in both theoretical and practical ways. It introduces key theoretical concepts and frameworks and illustrates and exemplifies the relationships between gender and language use, by looking at specific texts (spoken and written), situated in specific contexts. In addition, each module/topic contains questions and suggestions for further reading, to allow those new to the field to locate the issues discussed critically and in context.
- Teacher: Adalyn Soriano