Semantics of French (3) An in-depth study of how meaning is computed based on French data.
FR 505 Semantics of French (3)
The goal of this course is to provide the graduate student with an informal introduction to the field of formal (model-theoretic) semantics and its interface with the syntactic component of the grammar. Semantics is the subfield of theoretical linguistics which explores how speakers of a language arrive at a proper interpretation of sentences of their language. Frequently, semanticists analyze natural language meaning in terms of highly technical logical and mathematical notions, inaccessible to many. In this course, we will attempt to avoid as much of this technical material as is possible in view of arriving at a clear understanding and appreciation of the goals and issues facing the semanticist. The necessary logical notions will be introduced step by step and will be applied to French grammatical constructions of increasing interpretive complexity as the course goes on.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.