Study Programmes 2015-2016
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master in modern languages and literatures : Germanics (120 ECTS)5
Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5
Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5
Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5
Master in modern languages and literatures : Germanics (60 ECTS)5
Master in modern languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5
Lecturer :
Julien Perrez
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
This course, devoted to the study of meaning in language, will tackle current issues in (lexical) semantics and pragmatics. The following issues will more specifically be discussed (non-exhaustive list):
  • the relation between language and thought;
  • the notions of ambiguity and vaugueness;
  • the notions of conceptual and lexical categories;
  • the notion of polyseymy;
  • sense relations;
  • the notions of prototypicality and salience;
  • the theory of conceptual metaphorss;
  • the theory of frame semantics;
  • speech acts;
  • the notions of reference and deixis;
  • the notion of multimodality
  • ...
Learning outcomes of the course :
Knowledge of the basic notions of modern semantics and ability to apply them to solve precise problems.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
No specific prerequisites
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Theoretical sessions.
Some exercises will be prepared at home and corrected in class.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Face-to-face. 30 hours; 2nd semester; See
Recommended or required readings :
The course will based on the following textbooks:
  • Geeraerts, D. (2010). Theories of Lexical Semantics. Oxford: OUP.
  • Cruse, A. (2011). Meaning in Language. Oxford: OUP.
  • Croft, W. & Cruse, A. (2004). Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.
Some scientific articles (most of the time in English) will also be anlayzed to further illustrate some specific questions discussed in the classroom. 
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination tackling the knowledge of the theoretical part as well as the students' ability to apply these theortical notions to concrete examples.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
An active participation of the students is expected (questions or comments on the lecture notes or the book chapters, looking for concrete examples, etc.).
Contacts :
Enseignant titulaire
Julien Perrez
Département de Langues et littératures modernes
Service de linguistique synchronique du néerlandais
Place Cockerill 3, 4000 Liège
Tél. 04.3665837
Tuesday's from 10:00 to 12:00 (A2/(/17)
Wednesday's from 10:30 to 12:00 (Place Delcour, building L1)
Items online :
eCampus patform
eCampus platform
Powerpoint presentations
Powerpoint presentations of the first 5 classes