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Semantics

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3rd
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9781405156394

ISBN10:
1405156392
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Pub. Date:
11/3/2008
Publisher(s):
Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

The third edition of this popular textbook provides an engaging and accessible introduction to semantics for students new to the field. Explores the basic concepts and methods of the field and discusses some of the most important contemporary lines of research Contains new solutions to chapter exercises in order to familiarize the student with the practice of semantic description Completely revised and updated to reflect recent theoretical developments Includes new sections on classifiers and noun classes, as well as conceptual integration

Author Biography

John I. Saeed is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, University of Dublin. He is the author of several books, including Somali Reference Grammar (second edition, 1993) and Somali (1999).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Abbreviations and Symbols
Preliminaries
Semantics in Linguistics
Introduction
Semantics and Semiotics
Three Challenges in Doing Semantics
Meeting the Challenges
Semantics in a Model of Grammar
Some Important Assumptions
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Meaning, Thought and Reality
Introduction
Reference
Reference as a Theory of Meaning
Mental Representations
Words, Concepts and Thinking
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Semantic Description
Word Meaning
Introduction
Words and Grammatical Categories
Words and Lexical Items
Problems with Pinning Down Word Meaning
Lexical Relations
Derivational Relations
Lexical Universals
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Sentence Relations and Truth
Logic and Truth
Necessary Truth, A Priori Truth and Analyticity
Entailment
Presupposition
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Sentence Semantics 1: Situations
Introduction
Classifying Situations
Modality and Evidentiality
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Sentence Semantics 2: Participants
Introduction: Classifying Participants
Thematic Roles
Grammatical Relations and Thematic Roles
Verbs and Thematic Role Grids
Problems with Thematic Roles
The Motivation for Identifying Thematic Roles
Voice
Classifiers and Noun Classes
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Context and Inference
Introduction
Deixis
Reference and Context
Knowledge as Context
Information Structure
Inference
Conversational Implicature
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Functions of Language: Speech as Action
Introduction
Austin's Speech Act Theory
Categorizing Speech Acts
Indirect Speech Acts
Sentence Types
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Theoretical Approaches
Meaning Components
Introduction
Lexical Relations in CA
Katz's Semantic Theory
Grammatical Rules and Semantic Components
Components and Conflation Patterns
Jackendoff's Conceptual Structure
Pustejovsky's Generative Lexicon
Problems with Components of Meaning
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Formal Semantics
Introduction
Model-Theoretical Semantics
Translating English into a Logical Metalanguage
The Semantics of the Logical Metalanguage
Checking the Truth-Value of Sentences
Word Meaning: Meaning Postulates
Natural Language Quantifiers and Higher Order Logic
Intensionality
Dynamic Approaches to Discourse
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Cognitive Semantics
Introduction
Metaphor
Metonymy
Image Schemas
Polysemy
Mental Spaces
Langacker's Cognitive Grammar
Summary
Further reading
Exercises
Solutions to Selected Exercises
Bibliography
Index
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