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356 - Meaning in Language

Credits: 
3
Writing Intensive (WI): 
No
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
None
Minors: 
Language Science
Immersions: 
Language Science
Class Description: 
In this course, students will learn about linguistic methods for characterizing meaning considering words, sentences, conversation, and language in situational contexts. The class will examine these topics in English and across languages and cultures, studying different linguistic frameworks for describing meaning, including debates among them. We will explore the link between verbal and non-verbal semantics, and apply systematic meaning description and analysis to literary production, advertising, clinical interactions, entertainment, and digital media discourse.