LINGUIST List 9.1215

Thu Sep 3 1998

Books: Semantics

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  1. Bernadette Martinez-Keck, New Reference Title

Message 1: New Reference Title

Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998 16:38:32 -0400
From: Bernadette Martinez-Keck <>
Subject: New Reference Title

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following Reference title: 
Seth Lindstromberg (Hilderstone College, UK)
1997. ca. 330 pp US/ Canada: Hb: 1 55619 525 7 Price: USD 75.00
 Pb: 1 55619 526 5 Price: USD 29.95
Rest of the World: Hb: 90 272 2171 5 Price: NLG 150,
 Pb: 90 272 2172 3 Price: NLG 60

English Prepositions Explained has been written both for non-native
and native speakers of English and is intended for: teachers of
English; translators; materials writers; advanced students of English;
frequent users of English generally.

English Prepositions Explained furnishes information about English
prepositions that is available in no other book currently in
print. EPE both complements and is complemented by The BBI Dictionary
of English Word Combinations, which lists common collocations
(including prepositional collocations) in a fashion that makes them
readily locatable.

Like a grammar handbook, EPE describes how prepositions and
directional adverbs are used. Its main work, however, consists in
providing answers to the following questions: What meanings does each
preposition have?; How are a preposition's different meanings
related?; Which meaning(s) underlie this or that usage?; Which usages
are true idioms and which express systematic meaning?; What are the
major semantic families of preposition?; Where are the boundaries in
meaning between the prepositions within each family?; When various
prepositions are usable in the same context, what different meaning or
nuance does each contribute and why?; What is the role of metaphor in
the English system of prepositions?; What is a phrasal verb and to
what extent do they reflect systematic meanings?

Explanations are liberally supported with iconic/pictorial
illustrations and examples of usage. 

It is this explanatory, rather than merely descriptive, approach which
makes EPE a unique resource for creative writing. Covering more than
seventy, mostly spatial and temporal, prepositions, it presents a
picture of remarkable systematicity.

Among EPE's twenty-three chapters are: an overview of the grammar and
semantics of prepositions (of place, path and time) and of directional
adverbs; Nineteen chapters on families of prepositions; a chapter on
phrasal verbs; a summary of key abstract notions expressed by

EPE is fully indexed and includes a glossary of terms and an annotated

Bernadette Martinez-Keck
Tel: (215) 836-1200
Fax: (215) 836-1204

John Benjamins North America
PO Box 27519
Philadelphia PA 19118-0519

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  • Addison Wesley Longman
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • MIT Press--Books Division
  • MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter