The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Explores the study of how meaning is expressed through language and how it is understood in different real world situations. Particular attention will be paid to lexical and sentence level semantics, and how languages encode time and space relationships (including deictic elements which are linked to the non-linguistic context).

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify different forms of lexical semantic relationships

2. Discuss in detail the nature of tense, mood and aspect systems in English

3. Identify and discuss cohesive devices in connected discourse

4. Distinguish between presupposition and implicature

5. demonstrate an understanding of the role of meaning in language and of basic semantic and pragmatic concepts.


Topics covered will include:

  • Semantic relations in the lexicon
  • Deictic and canonical expression of spatial relationships
  • Time reference: tense and aspectual distinctions in language
  • Lexical and grammatical expression of ?mood? in English
  • Lexical and grammatical cohesion in discourse
  • Pragmatics: presupposition and implicature

Assumed knowledge

LING1111 or equivalent

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Essay: Essay

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks