LING-532-01 Formal Semantics
Spring for 2005-2006
Formal Semantics is intended to help students develop their skills in semantic analysis from the level achieved in Semantics and Pragmatics (LING 531) to a point where they can actively read current literature in the field. We do this by studying closely one or two topics each year, beginning with a lecture format, going over necessary background, and then moving on to a more seminar–like atmosphere. Prerequisite: Semantics & Pragmatics or permission of instructor.

The topic for Spring 2006 is modality and mood. "Modality" refers to aspects of language which allow us to speak about situations which are not real: for example, words like "should" or "possible". "Mood" refers to a paradigm of verb forms, especially those labeled "indicative" and "subjunctive", whose meaning often depends on the type of modality expressed in the sentence. Other topics closely related to modality and mood, and which we may discuss, include evidentiality and conditionals.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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