Semantics: A Reader

Paperback | November 3, 2004

EditorSteven Davis, Brendan S. Gillon

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Semantics: A Reader contains a broad selection of classic articles on semantics and the semantics/pragmatics interface. Comprehensive in the variety and breadth of theoretical frameworks and topics that it covers, it includes articles representative of the major theoretical frameworks withinsemantics, including: discourse representation theory, dynamic predicate logic, truth theoretic semantics, event semantics, situation semantics, and cognitive semantics. All the major topics in semantics are covered, including lexical semantics and the semantics of quantified noun phrases, adverbs, adjectives, performatives, and interrogatives. Included are classic papers in the field of semantics as well as papers written especially for the volume. The volumecomes with an extensive introduction designed not only to provide an overview of the field, but also to explain the technical concepts the beginner will need to tackle before the more demanding articles. Semantics will have appeal as a textbook for upper level and graduate courses and as a referencefor scholars of semantics who want the classic articles in their field in one convenient place.

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Semantics: A Reader contains a broad selection of classic articles on semantics and the semantics/pragmatics interface. Comprehensive in the variety and breadth of theoretical frameworks and topics that it covers, it includes articles representative of the major theoretical frameworks withinsemantics, including: discourse representatio...

Steven Davis is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre on Values and Ethics at Carleton University and Brendan S. Gillon is Associate Professor uf Linguistics at McGill University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:936 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 1.89 inPublished:November 3, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPart I. IntroductionSteven Davis and Brendan S. Gillon: 1. Preliminaries2. Linguistics and Typology3. Linguistics and Logic4. Theories of Reference and Theories of Meaning5. Internalist and Externalist Semantic Theories6. Semantics and Context7. Conclusion8. AppendixPart II. Background9. Francis Jeffry Pelletier: The Principle of Semantic Compositionality10. Brendan S. Gillon: Ambiguity, Indeterminacy, Deixis, and Vagueness: Evidence and TheoryPart III. Approaches11. David Lewis: General Semantics12. Donald Davidson: Truth and Meaning13. Hans Kamp: A Theory of Truth and Semantic Representation14. Jeroen Groenendijk and Martin Stokhof: Dynamic Predicate Logic15. Jon Barwise and John Perry: Situations and Attitudes16. Ray Jackendoff: What Is a Concept, That a Person May Grasp It?17. Gilles Fauconnier: Mental Spaces, Language Modalities, and Conceptual IntegrationPart IV. Topics18. James Pustejovsky: The Generative Lexicon19. Brendan S. Gillon: Towards a Common Semantics for English Count and Mass Nouns20. Tyler Burge: Reference and Proper Names21. Gareth Evans: Pronouns22. James Higginbotham: Pronouns and Bound Variables23. Jon Barwise and Robin Cooper: Generalized Quantifiers and Natural Language24. Hans Reichenbach: The Tenses of Verbs25. Barbara Hall Partee: Some Structural Analogies between Tenses and Pronouns in English26. J. A. W. (Hans) Kamp: Two Theories about Adjectives27. Max J. Cresswell: Prepositions and Points of View28. Irena Bellert: On Semantic and Distributional Properties of Sentential Adverbs29. Richmond H. Thomason and Robert C. Stalnaker: A Semantic Theory of Adverbs30. David Lewis: Adverbs of Quantification31. Roland Posner: Semantics and Pragmatics of Sentence Connectives in Natural Language32. Gerald Gazdar: A Cross-Categorial Semantics for Coordination33. R. E. (Ray) Jennings: The Means of Connectives34. James Higginbotham: Interrogatives35. Daniel Vanderveken: Success, Satisfaction, and Truth in the Logic of Speech Acts and Formal Semantics36. Donald Davidson: The Logical Form of Action SentencesPart V. Context Dependency37. David Kaplan: Demonstratives38. Scott Weinstein: Truth and Demonstratives39. David Lewis: Scorekeeping in a Language Game40. Robyn Carston: Explicature and Semantics41. Robert J. Stainton: Quantifier Phrases, Meaningfulness "in Isolation," and EllipsisBibliographyIndex

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"The volume will be of great use for anyone working in semantics. I recommend also its use for teaching purposes, for it contains the most important illustrations of virtually all the topics one may want to address in a course in semantics."--Linguist List 16.1589