Subject: Linguistics
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Linguistics


This course examines how linguistic meaning arises from the broader context of communication. A portion of the course is concerned with things that are left unsaid (implicature, presupposition, and dog whistles), and how they can be exploited for efficient communication as well as for more nefarious purposes. We also look at how language can quite literally change the world (speech acts), and at words that change their meaning depending on the speaker/listener (deixis).

Prerequisite(s): (LING 111.3 or LING 114.3) and 3 credit units 200-level LING courses; or permission of the department.

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