Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

Paperback | December 25, 2010

byAlan Cruse

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language, covering not only semantic matters but also topics normally considered to fall under pragmatics. Above all, the book displays and explains the richness and subtlety of meaning, with the aid ofnumerous examples and exercises throughout the text. Highly readable, written with style and wit, Meaning in Language is not bound to any particular theory, but provides explanations of theoretical approaches and perspectives as the context requires, with a stress throughout on the need forconceptual clarity.The text and exercises in this third edition have been fully updated to take into account the most recent developments in the field and new chapters have been added, one on the semantics of prepositions and another on the semantics of derivational affixes.

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language, covering not only semantic matters but also topics normally considered to fall under pragmatics. Above all, the book displays and explains the richness and subtlety of meaning, with the aid ofnumerous examples and exercises throughout ...

Alan Cruse was formerly Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:December 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559465

ISBN - 13:9780199559466

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Fundamental Notions1. Introduction2. Logic and Meaning3. Concepts and MeaningPart 2: Words and Their Meanings4. Lexical Units5. Contextual Variability of Word Meaning6. Paradigmatic Relations of Inclusion and Identity7. Paradigmatic Relations of Exclusion and Opposition8. Lexical Hierarchies9. Syntagmatic Semantic Relations10. Describing Lexical Senses 1: Dimensions and Structures11. Describing lexical Senses 2: Approaches to the Specification of Word Meanings12. Extensions of MeaningPart 3: Grammatical Meaning13. Grammatical Meaning: Nouns and Noun Phrases14. Argument Structure and Transitivity15. Grammatical Meaning: Verbs and Adjectives16. The Semantics of Prepositions17. The Semantics of Derivational Affixespart 4: Pragmatics18. Speech Acts19. Reference and Deixis20. Conversational ImplicaturesEpilogueAnswers to QuestionsReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index

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Praise for the new edition: "Building on the many strengths of the first edition of Meaning in Language, Alan Cruse has significantly updated this already valuable textbook. New thinking about lexical semantics can be found alongside concise and pithy illustrations of all aspects ofpragmatics and grammar, making this an excellent resource for any reader interested in the nuts and bolts of linguistic meaning." --Mark Turin, Digital Himalaya Project, University of Cambridge