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Title: Linguistic Meaning and Non-Truth-Conditionality
Written By: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?430705
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics - Volume 32
Description:

This book offers a new perspective on current semantic theory by analysing
key aspects of linguistic meaning and non-truth-conditional semantics. It
applies non-truth-conditional semantics to various areas of language and
critically considers earlier approaches to the study of semantic meaning,
such as truth-conditional semantics, Speech Act theory and Gricean
conventional implicatures. The author argues that those earlier approaches to
linguistic semantics do not stand up to close scrutiny and are subject to a
number of counterexamples, indicating that they are insufficient for a
comprehensive and unified account of linguistic semantics.

An alternative framework is then presented based on recent developments in
the field, demonstrating that it is possible to provide a unified account of
linguistic semantics by making two fundamental distinctions between (a)
conceptual and procedural meaning and (b) explicit and implicit
communication. These two distinctions, combined with the various levels of
representation available in linguistic communication, allow researchers to
capture the variety of linguistic meaning encountered in natural language. The
study includes a discussion of a number of areas within linguistic semantics,
including sentence adverbials, parentheticals, discourse/pragmatic
connectives, discourse particles, interjections and mood indicators.

Contents: Linguistic semantics and non-truth-conditional meaning - Traditional
approaches to non-truth-conditional Meaning - Speech-acts, truth-conditional
and non-truth-conditional meaning - New developments in linguistic semantics
- Applications of semantic theory to non-truth-conditional meaning - Linguistic
semantics and mood.

Xosé Rosales Sequeiros is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Xi'an
Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Previously, he taught widely in the United
Kingdom, including at the Universities of Leicester, Greenwich and
Portsmouth. His research interests include semantics, pragmatics and
cognition.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Semantics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034307055
Pages: 266
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