School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Meaning in the Real World

Module code: LIN6046

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 4 pm - 6 pm

Contact: Dr Hazel Pearson
Overlap: LIN7046
Prerequisite: LIN503

The study of linguistic meaning has many real-world applications. In the areas of law, healthcare, politics and other domains of public life, one must grapple with issues such as ambiguity, vagueness, and context-sensitivity. This module will investigate how analytical tools from formal semantics can be applied in order to highlight and address a diverse range of problems in these areas. We will apply the tools from the Level 5 module Aspects of Meaning to a set of real-world cases. Examples might include legal cases involving an ambiguity in the wording of a contract, the expression of pain in healthcare settings, and recent controversies over the use of racial slurs by politicians. By conducting your own investigation of a real-world case study that raises issues about the nature of linguistic meaning, you will learn about the ways in which linguistics can shed light on contemporary societal and political issues.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6