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LINGUIST List 22.1188

Fri Mar 11 2011

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Murphy

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Lexical Meaning: Murphy

Message 1: Lexical Meaning: Murphy
Date: 11-Mar-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Lexical Meaning: Murphy
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Title: Lexical Meaning
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: M. Lynne Murphy
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521860314 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521860314 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521677646 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521677646 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 37.99
Abstract:

The ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap
left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the
student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of
lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings
and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of
the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their
relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical
meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the
types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract
concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes
linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using
the concepts. 'Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research
a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word.

Table of Contents

Part I. Meaning and the Lexicon:

1. The lexicon - some preliminaries;
2. What do we mean by meaning?;
3. Components and prototypes;
4. Modern componential approaches - and some alternatives;

Part II. Relations Among Words and Senses:

5. Meaning variation: polysemy, homonymy and vagueness;
6. Lexical and semantic relations;

Part III. Word Classes and Semantic Types:

7. Ontological categories and word classes;
8. Nouns and countability;
9. Predication: verbs, events, and states;
10. Verbs and time;
11. Adjectives and properties.


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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