Course title:

Seminars in Modern English Lexicology


Tutor: Assistant professor Rossitsa Pashova



Mode of delivery: Two academic lessons every second week


Course place and status within the program


In the second year of studying during the third semester. The program regards the following courses: Bulgarian and English; Linguistics and Marketing; Biology and English; Linguistics and IT technologies; English and Business administration.


Competence expectations


After the course the students should be able to orientate themselves in the problems of modern English lexicology and semantics.


Aims and objectives of the course


In this section of the course of modern English the students get acquainted with the basic problems and notions of the English lexical system in the light of the achievements of modern linguistics. The focus of attention is on the word as a basic lexicological unit and the various semantic developments it undergoes, polysemy, word formation – affixation, conversion, compounding, semantic relations b/n words – synonymy, hyponymy, antonymy, homonymy. As well as the problem of meaning of the word and different approaches to it.


Weekly organization of topics & reading assignments


The students are required to have got acquainted with each separate topic beforehand as regards the schedule.


Course requirements


Regular attendance of students and active participation in the classes.


Mode of assessment


Written exam




Core readings: J. Molhova. Outlines of English Lexicology,Sofia,1990


The general bibliography for the course includes:

Irina Arnold, The English Word. 1986

J. Lyons. Semantics, Oxford University Press,1991

R. Ginsberg A Course in Modern English Lexicology. 2000