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Semantics and Pragmatics

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In this course, Dr Hazel Price (University of Salford) explores the fields of semantics and pragmatics. In the first module, we provide an introduction to both fields, before turning in the second and third modules to explore each field in more depth, including the concepts of sense relations, vagueness and ambiguity, the cooperative principle and Grice's maxims of conversation, and speech act theory. In the fourth module, we explore three types of inference in language – entailment, presupposition and conversational implicature – before applying some of the concepts we have learnt to a real text: Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003). In the final module, we explore some of Dr Price's own research: the evolution of the phrase 'mental health'.

About the Lecturer

Dr Hazel Price is an Academic Fellow in English Language at the University of Salford. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis and pragmatics. Her recent publication include (as co-editor) Applying Linguistics : Language and the Impact Agenda (2018) and (as co-author) The Babel Lexicon of Language (2021).

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