Linguistics (Genericity) OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Level Semantics Course by MIT

Published Jan 12, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free OpenCourseWare language class 'Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity' covers the mapping of sentences that discuss generic topics. This graduate course is for students seeking a degree in Linguistics.

Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity: Course Specifics

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Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare explores methods of quantifying very generic sentences. It is offered by the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT in Cambridge, MA. A sentence, like 'Cats are felines.' is considered a generic sentence requiring qualifiers to specify its meaning. The course discusses the different ways similar sentences can be interpreted while explaining how to construct them with less ambiguous meanings. Linguistics professor Dr. Paula Menéndez-Benito teaches this course. 'Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity' is a graduate level course that requires prior courses in basic linguistics.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, a list of recommended readings and assignments. Those interested in this free course should visit the Special Topics in Linguistics: Genericity course page.

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