Understanding Semantics, Second Edition

ISBN-10: 1444122436
ISBN-13: 9781444122435
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Meaning and semantics
Levels of meaning
Sentence meaning and compositionality
Semantics: its scope and limits
Exercises
Further reading
Dimensions of meaning
Meanings are concepts
Descriptive meaning
Meaning and social interaction: the dimension of social meaning
Meaning and subjectivity: the dimension of expressive meaning
Connotations
Dimensions of meaning
Exercises
Further reading
Ambiguity
Lexemes
Lexical ambiguity
Compositional ambiguity
Contextual ambiguity
Meaning shifts and polysemy
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning and context
Debris
Person deixis
Demonstratives and place deixis 70
Time deixis
Determination
Definiteness and indefiniteness
Quantification
Generic NPs
Presuppositions
Presuppositions
Summary
Exercises
Further reading
Predication
Predications contained in a sentence
Predicate terms and argument terms, predicates and arguments
Verbs
Nouns and adjectives
Predicate logic notation
Thematic roles
Selectional restrictions
Summary
Exercises
Further reading
Verbs
Argument structure, diatheses and alternations
Situation structure
Aspect
Tense
Selected tense and aspect systems
Concluding remark
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning and logic
Logical basics
Logical properties of sentences
Logical relations between sentences
Sentential logic
Logical relations between words
Logic and meaning
Classical logic and presuppositions
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning relations
Synonymy
Hyponymy
Oppositions
Lexical fields
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning components
The structuralist approach
Applying the structuralist approach to meaning
Semantic features
Semantic formulae
Semantic primes: Wierzbicka's Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Summary and evaluation of the approaches to decomposition
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning and language comparison
Translation problems
Headache, international
Relativism and universalism
Berlin and Kay's investigation of colour terms
Consequences
Exercises
Further reading
Meaning and cognition
Categories and concepts
Prototype theory
The hierarchical organization of categories
Challenges to prototype theory
Semantics and prototype theory
Semantic knowledge
Summary
Exercises
Further reading
Frames
Barsalou frames
Verbs and frames
Nouns and frames
Frames and composition
Frames and cognition
Conclusion
Exercises
Further reading
Formal semantics
Japanese numerals: a simple example of a compositional analysis
A small fragment of English
Model-theoretic semantics
Possible-world semantics
The scope and limits of possible-world semantics
Exercises
Further reading
References
Index

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