LINGUIST List 9.886

Mon Jun 15 1998

Books: Semantics

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  1. Bernadette Martinez-Keck, Semantics

Message 1: Semantics

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 10:31:11 -0400
From: Bernadette Martinez-Keck <>
Subject: Semantics

We would like to bring to your attention to two new publications from
John Benjamins Publishing in the field of semantics:

Henny Klein

1998 x, 232 pp. Lingvistic Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 21

US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 905 8 Price:US$62.00

Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 2742 X Price: NLG 124

John Benjamins Publishing web site:

For further information via e-mail:

Adverbs of degree form an intriguing part of the lexicon: numerous,
multiform and ever-changing with a great variety in distribution. In
this study, the characteristics of adverbs of degree are investigated
from a semantic point of view. The main focus is on Dutch, but previous
studies about English and German adverbs of degree are used to compare
with and to build on. 

Topics include absoluteness versus gradability, positive versus negative
evaluation, the strengthening of negation, polarity sensitivity, the
logical properties of the adverbs themselves, and restrictions to
reduplication and stacking.

Besides the main text, three case studies are presented in which the
peculiarities of some of the adverbs are investigated in depth to show
more in detail the complexities of their distribution.

Leo Wanner, ed.

1998 xx, 202 pp. Studies in Language Companion Series, 39

US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 925 2 Price:US$59.00

Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 3042 0 Price: NLG 118

John Benjamins Publishing web site:

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The present volume contains articles of well-known representatives of
Meaning-Text Theory (MTT) and other related linguistic theories. The
focus of the volume is on semantics, semantic representation and relation
of semantics to surface in MTT.

Founded by I. Mel'cuk and A. Zholkovsky in the sixties in Moscow, MTT
soon became known in the West as a "prominent outsider" theory. The
picture has changed since then, though, as MTT gained importance in
several areas of linguistics and computational linguistics. It has
influenced the design of new grammar formalisms such as Dependency Tree
Grammars. Also, specific parts of MTT have been directly taken into
other theories; as, for example, the work on integrating Lexical
Functions into Pustejovsky's Generative Lexicon.

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Bernadette Martinez-Keck Tel: (215) 836-1200

Publicity/Marketing Fax: (215) 836-1204

John Benjamins North America

PO Box 27519 

Philadelphia PA 19118-0519 

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  • Addison Wesley Longman
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter