In the first lecture after christmas we started off with revising.We said that the largest possible syllable in English consists of 6 morphemes. We searched for words to match a morpheme consiting of one syllable up to a morpheme consisting of four syllables.
Morpheme consisting of one syllable: cat
Morpheme consisting of two syllables: hello
Morpheme consisting of three syllables: carnival
Morpheme consisting of four syllables: secretary
Then we revised semantics.
We were looking for words which have a sense but no reference and we said that for example fictional animals like dragons don`t have that. We weren`t so sure about philosophy and love and decided that these were a kind of borderline words.
What I found very useful were the explanation of opposite (only two, eg. Good and evil), complementary (more than two;eg tall and short; there are different stages between tall and short) and inverse (eg buy and sell/ husband and wife). If I got that one right you can turn it around. For example X is the husband of Y. Y is the wife of X.
Later on we focused on pragmatics and did a brainstorming. We were asked to write our own personal definition of pragmatics as homework.