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Course content

The first part of this course is an introduction to the study of semantics on both word and sentence level. The second part gives insights into theories of language use, particularly the part of pragmatics dealing with how you communicate more than you literally say or write.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • developed an understanding of the relationship between language and meaning on word, sentence and utterance level
  • learned semantic theories about the understanding of different aspects of meaning in words, how they can be described, and how grammar and syntax contribute to meaning
  • learned pragmatic theories about how language users achieve their goals in verbal interaction with others


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English. The course assumes ENG1100 – English Grammar or similar knowledge.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2157 – Semantics and Pragmatics


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Students are expected to attend all teaching. The quality of the teaching depends on active participation in all seminars. If you are not able to attend, you must give notice to the seminar teacher no later than the same day as the absence.

If you miss a seminar, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you have covered the content.

Obligatory activities:

  • Students are required to submit two short essays at appointed times. The essays must be approved by the course teacher for the student to be allowed to take the exam.

Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for postponements.


The obligatory requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for the exam.

The evaluation will be based on a take home exam spanning over 3 days.

You are required to write 6 standard pages minimum / 10 standard pages maximum (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). This does not include references and bibliography. In the evaluation, both content and language are taken into account.

The assignment will be published in Inspera, and must be submitted in Inspera.

Previous exams and assessment guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Results will be available on the StudentWeb within three weeks of the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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