Introduction to semantics - part 2

Hazel Pearson

The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the formal tools employed in the analysis of linguistic meaning. Throughout the course, we will emphasise applications of these tools to specific problems in natural language semantics, taking as our core case study quantificational expressions such as 'every student', 'most linguists' and 'some semanticists'. In this respect the course will complement 'Introduction to Generalized Quantifiers', but with an emphasis on linguistic rather than computational approaches. Topics covered will include sets and functions, lambda calculus, functional application and type theory.