Current trends in semantics and pragmatics II

This course is part of the programme
Cognitive science of language Third Level

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the students with the current issues in modern semantics and pragmatics.

The acquired competences are:
-Ability to critically think about a given linguistic topic and finding theoretically relevant data
-Ability to solve specific theoretical linguistic problems.
Lectures are organized as a weekly or biweekly intensive course.


Introduction to semantics


Results of the current linguistic investigations by the worldwide known linguists.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge of current topics and problems in semantics and pragmatics


Vezana na konkretno vsebino predmeta/based on the actual content of the course (članki iz jezikoslovnih znanstvenih revij / articles from scientific journals – Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, The Linguistic Review, Natural Language Semantics, Linguistics and Philosophy, …).


• Active participation at the lectures 50% • final project on the topic connected with the course content 50%

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica (prof. dr. Penka Stateva).


  1. SAUERLAND, Uli, STATEVA, Penka. 2007. Scalar vs. epistemic vagueness : evidence from approximators. V: FRIEDMAN, Tova (ur.), GIBSON, Masayuki (ur.). Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVII, Ithaca: Cornell University, str. 228-245.
  2. SAUERLAND, Uli, STATEVA, Penka. 2011. Two types of vagueness. V: ÉGRÉ, Paul (ur.), KLINEDINST, Nathan (ur.). Vagueness and language use, (Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition). Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, str. 121-145.
  3. SAUERLAND, Uli, STATEVA, Penka. 2007. Introduction. V: SAUERLAND, Uli (ur.), STATEVA, Penka (ur.). Presupposition and implicature in compositional semantics, (Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language, and cognition). Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, str. 1-11.
  4. STEPANOV, Arthur, STATEVA, Penka. 2009. When QR disobeys superiority. Linguistic inquiry, ISSN 0024-3892, vol. 40, no. 1, str. 176-185.
  5. SHARVIT, Yael, STATEVA, Penka. 2002. Superlative expressions, context, and focus. Linguistics and philosophy, ISSN 0165-0157, vol. 25, no. 4, str. 453-504