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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
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|
|Abbreviations and Symbols|
|Semantics in Linguistics|
|Semantics and Semiotics|
|Three Challenges in Doing Semantics|
|Meeting the Challenges|
|Semantics in a Model of Grammar|
|Some Important Assumptions|
|Meaning, Thought and Reality|
|Reference as a Theory of Meaning|
|Words, Concepts and Thinking|
|Words and Grammatical Categories|
|Words and Lexical Items|
|Problems with Pinning Down Word Meaning|
|Sentence Relations and Truth|
|Logic and Truth|
|Necessary Truth, A Priori Truth and Analyticity|
|Sentence Semantics 1: Situations|
|Modality and Evidentiality|
|Sentence Semantics 2: Participants|
|Introduction: Classifying Participants|
|Grammatical Relations and Thematic Roles|
|Verbs and Thematic Role Grids|
|Problems with Thematic Roles|
|The Motivation for Identifying Thematic Roles|
|Classifiers and Noun Classes|
|Context and Inference|
|Reference and Context|
|Knowledge as Context|
|Functions of Language: Speech as Action|
|Austin's Speech Act Theory|
|Categorizing Speech Acts|
|Indirect Speech Acts|
|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|
|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|
|Dynamic Approaches to Discourse|
|Langacker's Cognitive Grammar|
|Solutions to Selected Exercises|
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