SPN 383N • Semantics Studies of Spanish
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course has two basic objectives. One is to learn how to apply formal methods of logic and formal semantics to the description of the meaning of Spanish words and sentences, as well as their entailments and truth conditions. The other is to elucidate the analysis of problematic areas of meaning specific to Spanish, which is structurally considered a 'Pro-drop' language. In regards to lexical meaning, the focus will be on the interpretation of de-adjectival verbs and other aspectual verb classes. For structural meaning, attention will be centered on the structure and interpretation of wh-clauses, both relative clauses and wh-questions, and in general clauses with wh-operators. Special consideration will be given to null arguments, null/explicit pronouns, and reflexive constructions. Subsidiary topics are the copula distinction SER/ESTAR, mood distinctions, the semantics of quotation, and quantifier binding.
A take-home mid-term exam, and a term paper (which can be co-authored).
Allwood, Jens, Lars-Gunnar Anderson and Östen Dahl. 1994. Logic in Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, Great Britain. Kearns, Kate. 2000. Semantics. St. Martin's Press, Great Britain.