Understanding, communication and reasoning: an introduction to Linguistic, Philosophy of language and Logic.
Module A and B: what is language and how we use it in communication.
Module A (15 hours): Elements of Semiotics and Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology. Syntax). .
Module B (30 hours): Elements of Semantics and Pragmatics. Semantics: the dominant paradigm in Semantics (truth-conditional Semantics) and its roots in the work of Frege, Wittgenstein, Tarski, Carnap; criticisms of the dominant paradigm: meaning as use; conceptual role semantics; contextualist semantics. Pragmatics: conversational implicatures; linguistic acts.
Module C (15 hours): how we argue and should argue. Elements of informal Logic: What is an argument; deductive and inductive arguments; good and bad arguments; fallacies.