EKIA208 Semantics (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the basic semantic concepts and how to use them in the analysis of English.

Completion methods

Weekly tutorials, individual and group tasks in class, and written assignments. A self-study option with a take-home exam or essay.

Assessment details

Grading on the scale from 0 to 5, based on course work and the final book exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course or studying the books students will be able to
o define and apply the basic concepts of semantics and, to a lesser extent, pragmatics
o identify and discuss different levels of meaning as well as different aspects of constructing meaning
o apply this knowledge to their work in other areas (discourse, sociolinguistics, teaching English)

Additional information

100% attendance is required. Students may be absent from no more than two classes for reasons beyond their control (e.g. illness or injury) on condition that they notify the instructor and explain the reason for the absence. In such cases, no make-up work is required. Three absences will result in having to repeat the course.

Description of prerequisites

EKIP203 Introduction to Language Study

Study materials

Readings will be provided either in class or through Moodle. The course is primarily based on two books:
Kreidler, Charles W. (2014). Introducing English semantics. Second Edition. Routledge. (Available through the library as an e-book)
Riemer, Nick. (2010). Introducing semantics. Cambridge: CUP.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item