AJL12071 Introduction to Semantics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Naděžda Kudrnáčová, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Naděžda Kudrnáčová, CSc.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Thu 14:00–15:40 G25, except Thu 16. 11.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJL01002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is designed for BA students. It offers a comprehensive treatment of semantics for students who have little knowledge of semantics. The course provides students with a solid understanding of key concepts in semantics and methods of semantic analysis. The course also aims to encourage an active approach on the part of students toward the subject matter. The course will enable students to proceed to more specialized aspects of semantic analysis. The course is taught in English.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to: - read and understand literature in the field - identify and explain basic semantic concepts, both at the lexical level and at the sentential and inter-sentential levels - write an essay on topics in semantics
  • Description of the course: The course is taught in English. Topics that will be covered include: - semantics and semiotics
  • - word meaning and sentence meaning
  • - utterances, sentences and propositions
  • - semantics and pragmatics;
  • - reference, sense, denotation
  • - word meaning: types of meaning
  • - componential analysis
  • - lexical relations: hyponymy, synonymy, antonymy, relational opposites, meronymy, polysemy and homonymy
  • - verbs and situation types
  • - modality and evidentiality
  • - sentence participants
  • - grammatical relations and semantic roles
  • - context and inference: deixis, background knowledge, information structure
  • - conversational implicature
    required literature
  • SAEED, John I. Semantics. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, xvii, 456. ISBN 9781405156394. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey Neil. Semantics :the study of meaning. 2nd ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1981, xii, 383 s. ISBN 0-14-021694-4. info
  • PALMER, F. R. (Frank Robert). Semantics : a new outline. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976, viii, 164. ISBN 0-521-09999-4. info
    recommended literature
  • Sebastian Löbner: Understanding Semantics. Arnold Publishers 2002
  • CRUSE, D. Alan. Meaning in language : an introduction to semantics and pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, xii, 424. ISBN 0198700105. info
  • Linguistic semantics. Edited by William Frawley. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum associates, 1992, xvii, 533. ISBN 0805810757. info
Teaching methods
One 1.5 hour seminar per week.
Assessment methods
Seminar attendance is compulsory. Assessment: a written test at the end of the course.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2024.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2023, recent)
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