LINGUIST List 8.898

Wed Jun 18 1997

Books: Semantics

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Message 1: New Book: Semantics

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 18:33:13 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Book: Semantics


 Peter Harder


 A Theory of Meaning, Structure and Tense in English
 1997. 23 x 15,5 cm. XV, 586 pages.
 Paperback DM 58,-/approx. US$ 41.00
 ISBN 3-11-015721-7

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

What is the role of meaning in relation to linguistic structure? 
This book tells the story of meaning from Plato to the present, 
and shows why the accepted current picture of linguistic meaning 
is wrong as well as confusing.

The book argues that the essential job of syntax is to combine 
simpler meanings into more complex meanings; that `semantic' 
meaning is essentially interactive; that the evolution of syntax 
is bound up with the development of purely conceptual meaning - 
and that this is reflected in universal regularities of clause 
structure. The core of linguistic structure is constituted by 
functional-interactive meanings in syntactic collaboration, and 
tense in English is used to illustrate this claim.

Examination copies for course adoption are available upon request.
Please contact the publisher.

Mouton de Gruyter Walter de Gruyter, Inc. 
Postfach 30 34 21 200 Saw Mill River Road 
D-10728 Berlin Hawthorne, NY 10532 
Germany USA 
Fax: +49 (0)30 26005-351 Fax: +1 914 747-1326 

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