Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics

ISBN-10: 0748616322
ISBN-13: 9780748616329
Edition: 2006
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Description: This is a compact introduction to the study of meaning in the English language and how language is used, providing a solid foundation for further semantic studies.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 5/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

This is a compact introduction to the study of meaning in the English language and how language is used, providing a solid foundation for further semantic studies.

Aileen Bloomer teaches at York St John College, UK. Previously she has worked in Sweden, Germany, Vietnam and China.Patrick Griffiths teaches at Beppu University, Japan. He has previously worked at the University of the South Pacific, York University, UK, and York St John College, UK.Andrew John Merrison teaches at York St John College, UK. Previously he has worked at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh, York and Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.

List of figures and tables
Preface
Studying meaning
Overview
Pragmatics distinguished from semantics
Types of meaning
Semantics
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Adjective meanings
Overview
Using language to give the meanings of words
Sense relations relevant to adjectives
Constructions with adjectives
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Noun vocabulary
Overview
The has-relation
Hyponymy
Incompatibility
Count nouns and mass nouns
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Verbs and situations
Overview
Causatives
Situation types
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Figurative language
Overview
Literal and figurative usage
Irony, presuppositions and metonymy
Metaphor
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Tense and aspect
Overview
Tense
Aspect
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Modality, scope and quantification
Overview
Modality
Relative scope
Quantification
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Pragmatics
Overview
Conversational implicature
Presuppositions
Speech acts
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Connecting utterances to the background
Overview
Definiteness
Clefts and passives
Focal stress
Summary
Exercises
Recommendations for reading
Notes
Suggested answers to the exercises
Bibliography
Index

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