School of English

Approaches to Meaning (Q1029)

Approaches to Meaning

Module Q1029

Module details for 2013 cohort.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

In this module, exploration of word meaning introduces you to general linguistic concepts, terminology, methods and resources, while developing skills in linguistic analysis, research and argumentation. You will investigate meaning from psychological, social, historical, theoretical, and descriptive perspectives. Questions that may be considered include: what do you know when you know a word? Where is meaning located (in the word, society, or the mind)? How many meanings can a word have? How do meanings change? How do words/meanings differ among dialects and social situations? How do we learn meanings? You will explore such questions in small, individual research projects.

Module learning outcomes

An understanding of distinct levels of linguistic description (sound, meaning, grammar, etc.)

An understanding of basic concepts relating to words and meaning (lexicon, semantics/pragmatics, reference, denotation/connotation, prototype, compositionality, lexicalisation, lexicography, necessary & sufficient conditions, etc.)

An understanding of some of the applications of linguistic analysis (social, historical, psychological, pedagogical, lexicographical)

Discipline-specific skills in linguistic definition and analysis, the use of linguistic reference tools (dictionaries, etc.), finding linguistic resources in the library (beyond the reading list), accessing linguistic data resources and collecting linguistic data, and representing linguistic data in writing.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioA1 Week 2 100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn TeachingLECTURE1 hour221112021122
Autumn TeachingWORKSHOP1 hour001110000100
Autumn TeachingSEMINAR2 hours111111011111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Lynne Murphy

Assess convenor, Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/115259

Dr Katie Walter

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/307825

Dr Richard Adelman

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/284426

Dr Alistair Davies

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/655

Dr Melanie Green

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/102131

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