Semantic Analysis: A Practical Introduction

Paperback | August 28, 2011

byCliff Goddard

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This lively textbook introduces students and scholars to practical and precise methods for articulating the meanings of words and sentences, and for revealing connections between language and culture. Topics range over emotions, speech acts, words for animals and artefacts, motion, activityverbs, causatives, discourse particles, and nonverbal communication. Alongside English, it features a wide range of other languages, including Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Australian Aboriginal languages. Undergraduates, graduate students and professional linguists alike will benefit from Goddard's wide-ranging summaries, clear explanations andanalytical depth. Meaning is fundamental to language and linguistics. This book shows that the study of meaning can be rigorous, insightful and exciting.

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This lively textbook introduces students and scholars to practical and precise methods for articulating the meanings of words and sentences, and for revealing connections between language and culture. Topics range over emotions, speech acts, words for animals and artefacts, motion, activityverbs, causatives, discourse particles, and no...

Cliff Goddard is Professor of Linguistics at University of New England, Australia. His books include The Languages of East and Southeast Asia (2005, OUP). With Anna Wierzbicka, he is co-editor of Meaning and Universal Grammar (2002, Benjamins) and co-author of Words and Meanings (forthcoming from OUP).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:August 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560285

ISBN - 13:9780199560288

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Table of Contents

1. Semantics: The Study of Meaning2. Three Traditions: Lexicography, Logic, and Structuralism3. NSM and Other Contemporary Approaches4. The Semantics of Emotions5. Speech-act Verbs6. Discourse Particles and Interjections7. Animals and Artefacts8. Motion9. Physical Activity Verbs10. Causatives11. Grammatical Categories12. Developments, Extensions, and ApplicationsSolutions to Selected ExercisesBibliography