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Title: An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics
URL: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748616329
Series Title: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language
Description:

An introduction to the linguistic study of meaning, this book outlines the
meaning potential (semantics) of English and how language knowledge is put
to use (pragmatics). As well as gaining a systematic overview of meaning in
English, readers can learn how to argue for analyses. Among the significant
concepts introduced are denotation, sense relations, event types,
explicature, implicature, presupposition, metaphor, reference, speech acts
and (at an elementary level) Generalised Quantifier Theory. Sense relations
- such as antonymy and hyponymy - are presented as summarising patterns of
entailment. The sense of a word is seen as the contributions it makes to
the entailments carried by sentences.

This textbook is compact and self-contained, offering:
* discussion of many examples
* a theoretically informed approach
* accessible organisation and style
* detailed treatment of selected areas of English
* consolidation and extension through exercises

The chapters cover adjective, noun and verb meanings, situation types,
figurative language, tense, aspect, modality, quantification, topic and
focus. Explanations of entailment, compositionality and scope provide a
foundation for subsequent study of formal semantics.

Table of Contents
1. Studying Meaning
2. Adjective Meanings
3. Noun Vocabulary
4. Verbs and Situations
5. Figurative Language
6. Tense and Aspect
7. Modality, Scope and Quantification
8. Pragmatics
9. Connecting Utterances to the Background
Suggested answers for the exercises
Bibliography
Index

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0748616314
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 40.00

 
 
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ISBN: 0748616322
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 12.99