Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Languages and Technologies for Intercultural Communication (cod. 5979)

Learning outcomes

The student - knows the basic elements (terms, concepts, methods and tools) for the analysis of linguistic meaning at the lexical level and complex expressions, in the context of the various approaches related to the main linguistic theories of the past century - is able to apply them to a wide range of written texts and complex oral discourses.

Course contents

The course is divided into two main parts related to sentence semantics and lexical semantics, respectively.
Part One: Introduction to sentence semantics. Approaches to meaning: cognitive-mentalist, pragmatic-social, logical-denotational. The principle of compositionality of meaning. Phrasal semantic linkages. Meaning and significance. Reference. The debate on the analysis of nominal syntagmas. Intended meaning and literal meaning. Logico-semantic and pragmatic inference mechanisms.
Part Two: The semantics of the word. The two-dimensional nature of the lexicon: the "value" of the linguistic sign. Syntagmatic and paradigmatic lexical semantic relations. The "semantic trait" and the limits of componential analysis. Hints of terminology.


F. Casadei, Lessico e semantica, Roma, Carocci, 2003.

The texts indicated are intended only as a reference bibliography. The examination program will be distributed and published during the course

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures

Assessment methods

Oral interview on the texts indicated on the exam syllabus.

Office hours

See the website of Gabriele Bersani Berselli