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24.903 / 24.933 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics

24.903 / 24.933 Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics

This course gives an introduction to the science of linguistic meaning. There are two branches to this discipline: semantics, the study of conventional, "compositional meaning", and pragmatics, the study of interactional meaning. There are other contributaries: philosophy, logic, syntax, and psychology. We will try to give you an understanding of the concepts of semantics and pragmatics and of some of the technical tools that we use.
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