Contrastive Linguistics: Semantics and Pragmatics
Reference ANTALC01000004
Taught in Master of Advanced Studies in Linguistics (In collaboration: UGent - KUL - VUB - UA) - Main Subject: Linguistics in a Comparative Perspective
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 30.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 180.0
Studypoints (E) 6
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language English
Lecturer Anne-Marie Vandenbergen
Department LW11
Key Words

Contrastive linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, methodology of corpus linguistics.

Position of the Course

Various aspects of semantics and pragmatics are studied from a contrastive perspective, with a focus on Germanic and Romance languages. Students are initiated in the usefulness and the practical use of parallel corpora and translation corpora. They will be familiarized with the methodology and the applications of “learner corpora”.


see position of the course

Starting Competences

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 10.0 EUR
A reader comprising articles and chapters from books.


Teaching Methods

The course focuses on the critical reading of literature in “reading seminars” and individual research tasks. Students are required to carry out a small comparative research task and to report on it both orally and in writing. The research topic is set in consultation between lecturer and student and it depends on the student’s specific interests.
Linguists from foreign institutions will be invited to teach intensive guest seminars (international cooperation).

Evaluation Moments


Evaluation Methods

The students will be required to write a paper.

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