Lexical grammar and semantics

This course is part of the programme
Master in SL studies - Linguistics

Objectives and competences

Introduction into lexical semantics and the questions around the various ways meaning is assigned to lexemes and what exactly the meaning of words is. Presenting and discussing the main approaches to lexical semantics.


In order to successfully participate in in-class discussions and to follow the lectures, the student should take the introductory linguistic courses. This course is related to other courses in the Language curriculum.


On top of the classical problems and issues of lexical semantics the course also discusses problems emerging with composed lexemes (lexical units consisting of more than one word). Meaning of words can also be accessed through corpora, which brings in a different type of methodology, which is also discussed.

Material discussed in lectures also forms the main part of recitations, where more time and care is devoted to the main issues. Emphasis is given to practical knowledge and actual analysis of language data.


  • Gill, Francis, Hunston, Susan, 2000: Pattern Grammar A Corpus–Driven Approach to the Lexical Grammar of English. (Studies in Corpus linguistics) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • FrameNet and Frame Semantics. International Journal of Lexicography. Vol. 6, No 3 (September 2003). Special Issue.
  • Atkins, Sue, Charles J. Fillmore in Christopher R. Johnson, 2003: Lexicographic Relevance: Selecting Information from Corpus Evidence. International Journal of Lexicography. Vol. 16, No. 3. 251–280
  • Sinclair John, M. (ed.), 1987: Looking up: An Account of the COBUILD Project in Lexical Computing. London: Collins.
  • Hanks, Patrick, 1996: Contextual Dependency and Lexical Sets. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 1 (1). John Benjamins.
  • Sinclair, John, M., 2000: Darbai ir Dienos. Nr. 24. Str. 191–203. (http://donelaitis.vdu.lt/main.php?id=5)


Attending lectures, a term paper, active participation in in-class discussions.