LINGUIST List 16.387

Wed Feb 09 2005

Books: Semantics: Portner/ Cappelen, Lepore

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        1.    Matthew Glidden, What is Meaning?: Portner
        2.    Matthew Glidden, Insensitive Semantics: Cappelen, Lepore

Message 1: What is Meaning?: Portner

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Matthew Glidden <>
Subject: What is Meaning?: Portner

Title: What is Meaning?
Subtitle: Fundamentals of Formal Semantics
Series Title: Fundamentals of Linguistics
Published: 2005
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

Book URL:

Author: Paul H. Portner, Georgetown University
Hardback: ISBN: 1405109173 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 64.95
Paperback: ISBN: 1405109181 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 29.95

What is Meaning? Fundamentals of Formal Semantics is a concise introduction
to the field of semantics as it is actually practiced. Through simple
examples, pictures, and metaphors, Paul Portner presents the field's key
ideas about how language works.

- Explains the fundamental ideas and some of the most significant results
of modern semantic theory.

- Combines foundational discussion with simplified analyses of complex
phenomena to provide readers with a sense of the fascination to be found in
the details of the human language.

- Includes exercises and thought-provoking questions to facilitate learning.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English (ENG )

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Message 2: Insensitive Semantics: Cappelen, Lepore

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Matthew Glidden <>
Subject: Insensitive Semantics: Cappelen, Lepore

Title: Insensitive Semantics
Subtitle: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism
Published: 2005
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

Book URL:

Author: Herman Cappelen, Vassar College
Author: Ernie Lepore, Rutgers University
Hardback: ISBN: 1405126744 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 64.95
Paperback: ISBN: 1405126752 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 29.95

Insensitive Semantics is an overview of and contribution to the debates
about how to accommodate context sensitivity within a theory of human
communication, investigating the effects of context on communicative
interaction and, as a corollary, what a context of utterance is and what it
is to be in one.

- Provides detailed and wide-ranging overviews of the central positions and
arguments surrounding contextualism

- Addresses broad and varied aspects of the distinction between the
semantic and non-semantic content of language

- Defends a distinctive and explanatorily powerful combination of semantic
minimalism and speech act pluralism

- Confronts core problems which not only run to the heart of philosophy of
language and linguistics, but which arise in epistemology, metaphysics, and
moral philosophy as well

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (ENG )

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