LINGUIST List 28.1118

Sun Mar 05 2017

Books: An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics: Cummins, Griffiths

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Date: 15-Feb-2017
From: Anna Glazier <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics: Cummins, Griffiths
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Title: An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics
Series Title: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language
Published: 2016
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
                http://www.euppublishing.com

Book URL: https://goo.gl/wirZs3

Author: Chris Cummins
Author: Patrick Griffiths
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474412841 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474412827 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 80
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474412810 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 80
Paperback: ISBN: 9781474412834 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Abstract:

Providing a clear and accessible introduction to the linguistic study of meaning, the second edition of this bestselling textbook 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.

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.

The new edition of this successful textbook is compact and self-contained, offering:
-Accessible style and clear structure
-A theoretically informed approach
-Expanded exercises at the end of each chapter
-Expanded coverage of English pragmatics both at the sentence and discourse level
-A new chapter on sense relations

The first edition of An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics was written by Patrick Griffiths. The second edition has been revised by Christopher Cummins.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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