LINGUIST List 9.1766

Fri Dec 11 1998

Books: Semantics, Pragmatics, and Philosophy of Lang

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Message 1: Semantics, Pragmatics, & Philosophy of Languages from Oxford UP

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 10:08:48 -0500
From: Linguistics Mailbox <LINGUISTICSOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Semantics, Pragmatics, & Philosophy of Languages from Oxford UP

Rudi Keller, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf
Translated by Kimberley Duenwald
Signs shape our lives: we are surrounded by signs, we surround
ourselves with signs, and usually we are completely unaware of it. Rudi
Keller shows how signs emerge, function, and develop in the permanent
process of language change. He recombines thoughts and ideas from
Plato to the present day to create a new theory of the meaning and
evolution of icons and symbols. By assuming no prior knowledge and by
developing his argument from first principles, he has written a basic text
which includes all the necessary features: easy style, good
organization, original scholarship, and historical depth. This is a
non-technical book which will interest linguists, philosophers, students of
communications and cultural studies, semioticians/semanticists,
sociologists, and anthropologists.
December 1998 272 pp.; 10 linecuts
0-19-823795-2 paper $19.95
0-19-823733-2 cloth $82.00
Oxford University Press
Jef Verschueren, University of Antwerp, Belgium
(Understanding Language)
(An Arnold Publication)
What do people do when using language? How exactly is meaning
generated when we communicate? And why do we say one thing when
we usually mean another? Examining the mental and social processes
involved in communicating through language, Understanding Pragmatics 
is a comprehensive introduction to the subject. The book provides an
outline of the thereotical basis of pragmatics, examines its major
theoretical perspectives and explores its methodological issues.
December 1998 288 pp.; 7 halftones, 10 linecuts
0-340-64623-3 paper $19.95
0-340-64624-1 cloth $70.00
Oxford University Press
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  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
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  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
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  • MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
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  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Hermes
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics