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24.903 / 24.933 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics, Spring 2005

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A cartoon illustration of structural ambiguity.  (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features problem sets in the assignments section and a full list of readings.

Course Description

This course gives an introduction to the science of linguistic meaning. There are two branches to this discipline: semantics, the study of conventional, "compositional meaning", and pragmatics, the study of interactional meaning. There are other contributaries: philosophy, logic, syntax, and psychology. We will try to give you an understanding of the concepts of semantics and pragmatics and of some of the technical tools that we use.


Prof. Kai von Fintel

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session


Undergraduate / Graduate


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