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PH130 - Meaning and Communication

  • Module code: PH130
  • Module name: Meaning and Communication
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module introduces some issues in the philosophy language by considering relations between logic, meaning and communication by considering the questio: What makes communication by language possible?

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will have a basic understanding of a number of key concepts in the philosophy of language including: the systematicity and productivity of utterances and the idea that language is compositional, the distinction between sentence meaning and speaker meaning, Grice’s account of conversational implicature.

Timetabled teaching activities

Summer term. 2 hours of Lectures and fortnightly seminars for the first 5 weeks of term.

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Other essential notes

It is normally available only in conjunction with PH126 Starting Logic. Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
6 CATS (Module code: PH130-6)
B1 (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 1
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 1