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Semantics Saeed

Teaching Assistant: Yvonne Tse Crepaldi

  • Lecture: Wednesdays, 9.30–11.30am (LT17) (FB)
  • Tutorial 1: Wednesdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm, (TR+108)
  • Tutorial 2: Thursdays, 10.30am – 11.30am, (TR+87)
  • Tutorial 3: Thursdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm, (TR+87)

In this core course you will learn semantics at an introductory level and the skills needed to carry out semantic analysis. With these skills and your knowledge of semantic approaches, you will be able to analyze natural language data, as well as develop awareness of the inherent connections between semantics and other branches of linguistics.

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The text books are

  • Saeed, John (2009). . 3rd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. (required: we will follow this quite closely)

I expect you to read all chapters assigned before class.

Course Outline

Slides may be updated at any time!

Recommended Readings

  • Lyons, John (1977) Semantics. Cambridge University Press (recommended if you want another view of meaning)


  • Class participation (10%)
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
    The assignment involves some annotation — determining the meaning of words in context
  • Assignment 2 (20%: Mark sheet)
    The assignment involves a short presentation and essay.
  • Final Exam (40%)

Dictionaries can not be used in the quizzes or exams.

Francis Bond
Computational Linguistics Lab
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Nanyang Technological University
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