This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of semantics in a
simple, step-by-step fashion. Each unit includes short sections of
explanation with examples, followed by stimulating practice exercises to
complete in the book. Feedback and comment sections follow each exercise to
enable students to monitor their progress. No previous background in
semantics is assumed, as students begin by discovering the value and
fascination of the subject and then move through all key topics in the
field, including sense and reference, simple logic, word meaning and
interpersonal meaning. New study guides and exercises have been added to
the end of each unit to help reinforce and test learning. A completely new
unit on non-literal language and metaphor, plus updates throughout the text
significantly expand the scope of the original edition to bring it
up-to-date with modern teaching of semantics for introductory courses in
linguistics as well as intermediate students.
'The best and most accessible textbook in its field.'
-Keith Green, Sheffield Hallam University
'There is no other book on the market which succeeds so well in integrating
theory and practice.'
-Alexander Bergs, University of Düsseldorf
'An excellent introductory first step. It covers all the main topics which
any course on meaning in language will cover, and presents difficult
concepts in an easy, accessible way.'
-Billy Clark, Middlesex University