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24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory, Fall 2004

Stylized drawing of head processing language.
Representation of language processing. (Image courtesy of National Institutes of Health.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features extensive lecture notes.

Course Description

The course introduces formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis is on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. It also covers applications to the analysis of quantification, definiteness, presupposition projection, conditionals and modality, anaphora, questions and answers.

 

Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Kai von Fintel

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate

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