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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: Meaning
Subtitle: A Slim Guide to Semantics
Written By: PaulD.Elbourne
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199696628.do
Description:

This book offers an introduction to the analysis of meaning. Our outstanding
ability to communicate is a distinguishing feature of our species. To
communicate is to convey meaning, but what is meaning? How do words
combine to give us the meanings of sentences? And what makes a
statement ambiguous or nonsensical? These questions and many others are
addressed in Paul Elbourne's fascinating guide. He opens by asking what
kinds of things the meanings of words and sentences could be: are they, for
example, abstract objects or psychological entities? He then looks at how we
understand a sequence of words we have never heard before; he considers to
what extent the meaning of a sentence can be derived from the words it
contains and how to account for the meanings that can't be; and he
examines the roles played by time, place, and the shared and unshared
assumptions of speakers and hearers. He looks at how language interacts
with thought and the intriguing question of whether what language we speak
affects the way we see the world.

Meaning, as might be expected, is far from simple. Paul Elbourne explores
its complex issues in crystal clear language. He draws on approaches
developed in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology - assuming a knowledge
of none of them -in a manner that will appeal to everyone interested in this
essential element of human psychology and culture.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199585830
ISBN-13: 9780199585830
Pages: 192
Prices: U.K.£ 40.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199696624
ISBN-13: 9780199696628
Pages: 192
Prices: U.K.£ 12.99