Semantics (Q3161)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module examines what happens when words are combined in phrases and sentences.

You will survey major topics in the study of linguistic meaning, including:

  • definiteness (e.g. ‘a word’ versus ‘the word’)
  • deixis (e.g. ‘here you go’ versus ‘there you go’)
  • tense (e.g. ‘I go tomorrow’ versus ‘I will go tomorrow’)
  • aspect (e.g. ‘I went’ versus ‘I was going’ versus ‘I had gone’)
  • modality (‘you may/can/must/should go’).


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: