24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory

As taught in: Spring 2010

Image of a boy with glasses reading a book.

The first two lectures discuss generalizations, inferences, and implicatures of the statement "John did some of the homework." (This image is in the public domain.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Danny Fox

Course Features

Course Description

This course is the third and final part of our graduate introduction to semantics. The other two classes are 24.970 Introduction to Semantics and 24.973 Advanced Semantics. The semester will be divided into somewhat independent units. One unit will be devoted to conversational implicatures (mainly scalar implicatures) and another to presupposition. In each unit, we will discuss basic concepts and technical tools and then devote some time to recent work which illustrates their application.