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LINGUIST List 20.1979

Mon May 25 2009

Books: Semantics: Hamawand

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        1.    Janet Joyce, The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes: Hamawand

Message 1: The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes: Hamawand
Date: 24-May-2009
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes: Hamawand
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Title: The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes
Published: 2009
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
                http://www.equinoxpub.com/

Author: Zeki Hamawand
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845535407 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845535407 Pages: 192 Price: U.S. $ 95.00
Abstract:

The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes proposes a new system for
describing the semantic properties of negative prefixes in English.
Specifically, the system captures the semantic distinctions between pairs
of negative words that share same bases but end in different prefixes like
amoral vs. immoral, dissatisfied vs. unsatisfied, maltreat vs. mistreat,
non-human vs. anti-human, etc. The book provides guidance on two matters.
As a reference for derivation, it informs the readers about the mechanisms
of forming negative words. To do so, it describes the prefixes in terms of
the cognitive theories of category, domain and construal. As a reference
for usage, it informs the readers about the meaning differences between
prefixally-negated words. To do so, it bases the description on actual
instances and supports the differences by means of collocations.

The Semantics of English Negative Prefixes outlines a model which unifies
the principles of two popular approaches to language description. Cognitive
Semantics is the theory that takes account of mental operations.
Usage-based Semantics is the practice that focuses on actual utterances.
Accordingly, it is an essential source for any reader interested in English
language. It achieves its aims by means of clear layout, actual data, ample
exemplification, lucid explanation and discrete evidence.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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