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تحميل الدليل التدريبي

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Riyadh Teachers' College

Course: Semantics

Name of Instructor: Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad
Course No.: Eng. 358

Texts prescribed:

1   G.N. Leech, Semantics. 2nd edition. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, (1981).

2.  F.R. Palmer, Semantics. 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, (1982).

3   Hurford, James R. & Heasley, Brendan (1983), Semantics: A Course Book. Cambridge, U.P.

Course Description:

 

The course tries to introduce students to the basic study of Semantics. The different semantic components of language will be analyzed so as to make students understand why the surrounding words sometimes force a reader to choose one interpretation rather than   another.  In addition, the course intends to take into account the philosophical and interpersonal approaches to the study of meanings in a given context.

 

Week

 

Topic

Assignment

 

1

 

Semantics: Context and History

 

Home work

 

2

 

Some Basic Concepts in Semantics

Sentence
Utterance
Proposition
Differences between a Sentence and an Utterance
Differences between a Sentence and a Proposition
Analytic Sentence
Synthetic Sentence
Contradiction
Entailment
Paraphrase
Sense and Reference
Denotation and Connotation

Revision and Exercise to
to be done from

 

3

 

The Semantics of Words (1)

Antonyms
Synonyms
The Two Tests of Synonymy
Patterns of Synonymy in English

 

 

 

4

 

The Semantics of Words (2)

Homonyms
Polysemy
Difference between Polysemy and Homonymy

 

 

 

5

 

The Semantics of Words (3)

"Polysemic" Prefixes and Suffixes
"Homonymous" Prefixes and Suffixes

 

 

 

6

 

The Semantics of Prefixes and Suffixes in English

The Multiple Meanings of Ambiguity
Empson's Concept of Ambiguity

 

 

 

7

 

Ambiguity

The Multiple Meanings of Ambiguity

Empson's Concept of Ambiguity

 

 

 

8

 

Mid Term Examination

 

 

 


 

 

9

The Semantics of Sentence Elements

Agent

Experiencer

External Causer

Positioner

Attribute

Affected

Resultant

Eventive

Recipient

Beneficiary

Instrument

Locative

Goal

Source

Temporal

The Semantic Constraint on the Choice of the Subject

 

 

10

The Semantics of the Sentence (1)

Predicators, Predicates and Arguments

Predicators

Arguments

Predicates

The Difference between Predicates and Predicators

The Degree of a Predicate

 

 

11

The Semantics of the Sentence (2)

Properties of Two-Place Predicates

 

 

12

The Semantics of the Sentence (3)

Speech Acts

 

 

13

Changes in the Meanings of Words

Some General Observations

Extension

Narrowing

Amelioration

Degeneration

Intensification

Weakening

Synecdoche

Metonymy

Metaphorical Extension

 

 

14

Theories of Meaning: A Brief Survey

The Referential Theory of Meaning

The Non-referential Approach to Meaning

The Generative Grammarians' Approach

 

 

15

Theories of Meaning: A Brief Survey

 

16

Theories of Meaning:

(a) The Referential Theory of Meaning.

(b) The Non-Referential Approach to Meaning.

(c) The Generative Grammarians' Approach

 

 

Absenteeism, tardiness and behavior:

 

Students are expected to be mindful of class attendance. No make-ups will be given for unfulfilled obligations. No late assignments will be accepted. Students should maintain good behavior in dealing with their classmates and professor.

Evaluation:

 

The final grade will be based on performance on all assignments as follows:

 

Midterm test and class work    40%

 

Final Exam                                 60%


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