ENG4235 - Structure and Meaning

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1200 Introduction to Linguistics,
Either ENG2200 The Grammar and Structure of English or
ENG3200 Meaning and Language
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module is designed to introduce students to various aspects of linguistic research into meaning, in particular structural and relational meaning, building on ENG 2200 The Grammar and Structure of English and ENG 3200 Meaning and Language. In particular this module focuses on important research questions in the fields of lexical semantics, argument structure, event structure, tense, aspect, modality and quantification. While these fields of research use terms, theories and research tools that are formal and technical, the questions and issues that these fields of research explore are concerned with types of meaning that we find throughout the language we use every day. Discussions and activities in this module will expose students to some of the important current questions in these areas of research and how different linguists have applied various approaches, theories and tools to address these questions. Students will have opportunities to apply various theories and research tools to real linguistic data through activities and problem sets, and will develop their own research project that addresses a structural or semantic issue.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and write about linguistic meaning at the levels of words, phrases and utterances using current theoretical tools and techniques;

  2. Describe and write about the argument structures and event structures in terms of their structures and associated meanings;

  3. Describe and write about the grammatical systems that indicate tense, aspect and modality, including their structural representations and meanings;

  4. Describe and write about quantification in natural languages;

  5. Use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.