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SPR4103 – Semantics and Philosophy

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Course content

The course covers core topics and analyses in formal, logic-based semantics: Composition, truth conditions, model theory, quantification, definiteness, events, tense and aspect, modality and possible worlds, presuppositions.

Learning outcome

Students acquire basic knowledge of how the meanings of complex expressions are built from the meanings of the parts, and they become familiar with elementary methods to deal with well-known problems in the philosophy of language. They develop their capacity to comprehend the research literature and to apply semantic theory in their master’s thesis.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students have to be admitted to Master studies in Language or Philosophy.

Recommended previous knowledge

Students will benefit from basic knowledge of grammar (i.e. corresponding to the learning outcomes of EXFAC03-SPR – Examen facultatum, språkvitenskap) or logic (i.e. corresponding to the learning objectives of FIL1004 – Innføring i logikk og språkfilosofi (discontinued)).


The course is taught in weekly seminars with 2 classes per week for 12 weeks. Students will review and discuss selected readings and do exercises. Each student is required to give a presentation on a topic relevant to the term paper and approved by the teacher.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Each student composes a term paper of 8-10 pages á 2300-characters. The topic may vary from student to student and must be approved by the teacher.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

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Special examination arrangements

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

Facts about this course






Spring 2010


Spring 2010

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