Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
PhD English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 613 Seminar in English Semantics Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr. asst. prof. Mirna Begagić Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course provides practical training for anyone interested in the study of meaning, intercultural communication, or translation. It focuses on basic and universal human concepts and their role as a tool for comparing and explaining meanings across languages and cultures. The course explores semantic universals and their implications for semantic analysis on all levels of language, including lexicon, grammar and discourse. The course aims at improving the student

- To recognize and understand how meaning is conventionally associated with words and with grammatical constructions.
- To conduct theoretical and descriptive research on a wide variety of aspects of semantics.
- To explain and question the principal theories of meaning proposed by linguists.
- To recognize and utilize the principles of Componential Analysis, Formal Semantics, and Cognitive Semantics.

  1. Introduction to the course: syllabus, books, course objectives and contents, Ss’ responsibilities; What is the meaning? Levels of meaning: expression meaning, utterance meaning, communicative meaning; sentence meaning and compositionality
  2. Descriptive, social and expressive meaning: meanings are concepts; denotations and truth conditions; connotations, expressive meaning
  3. Lexemes; homonymy, polysemy and vagueness; synonymy
  4. Syntactic ambiguity, metonymical and metaphorical shift; differentiation
  5. Meaning and logic: the principle of polarity; logical entailment; contradiction, logical equivalence, logical relations involving logically true or false sentences
  6. Relations between words; the semantic status of logical equivalence; logic and semantics
  7. Meaning relations: hyponymy; compounds, antonyms, heteronyms, converses; lexical fields
  8. Course review
  9. Mid-term test
  10. Predication: forming a picture of sentence meaning, predicates and arguments, verbs, nouns and adjectives, predicate logic notation
  11. Theoretical approaches: Meaning components, the structuralist approach to meaning, semantic features
  12. Meaning and language comparison, relativism and universalism
  13. Meaning and language comparison, relativism and universalism
  14. Sentence meaning and formal semantics; formal description, a small fragment of English, the grammar of the fragment, possible world semantics
  15. Course review


      • Lectures
      • Presentation
      • Assignments
      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Midterm Exam(s)20
      Final Exam150
      Total: 80
      Learning outcomes
        • Lobner Sabastian (2002) Understanding Semantics, Oxford University Press

        ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
        Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
        Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
        Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
        Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
        Final Examination(1 week) 0
        Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
        Preparation for Final Examination 0
        Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
        Seminar / Presentation 0
        Total Workload: 0
        ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0