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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 24.954 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Linguistics and Philosophy 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Daniel Fox
    Prof. Paula Menéndez-Benito 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory

    Fall 2006

    An example of an implicature found in a letter of recommendation.

    An example of an implicature. One explanation for the blocking of the inference of Addressee(2) is there is a known convention for letter writing: Write only good things. Learn more about implicatures in Lectures 1-8 in lecture notes. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW, Prof. Fox, and Prof. Menendez-Benito.) 

    Course Description

    The course introduces formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis is on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. It also covers applications to the analysis of quantification, definiteness, presupposition projection, conditionals and modality, anaphora, questions and answers.

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