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Introducing Semantics

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics

  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617413

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  • Semantics is the study of meaning in language. This clear and comprehensive textbook is the most up-to-date introduction to the subject available for undergraduate students. It not only equips students with the concepts they need in order to understand the main aspects of semantics, it also introduces the styles of reasoning and argument which characterise the field. It contains more than 200 exercises and discussion questions designed to test and deepen readers' understanding. More inclusive than other textbooks, it clearly explains and contrasts different theoretical approaches, summarises current debates, and provides helpful suggestions for further reading. Examples are drawn both from major world languages, such as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish and English, and from minority ones. The book also highlights the connections between semantics and the wider study of human language in psychology, anthropology, and linguistics itself.

    • Includes more than 200 exercises and discussion questions to test and deepen understanding
    • 'Inline' questions, interspersed throughout the text, encourage active participation in the development of key concepts
    • Detailed chapter introductions and summaries make it easy for students to work through the text
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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617413
    • length: 473 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Meaning in the empirical study of language
    2. Meaning and definition
    3. The scope of meaning I: external context
    4. The scope of meaning II: interpersonal context
    5. Analysing and distinguishing meanings
    6. Logic as a representation of meaning
    7. Meaning and cognition I: categorisation and cognitive semantics
    8. Meaning and cognition II: formalising and simulating conceptual representations
    9. Meaning and morphosyntax I: the semantics of grammatical categories
    10. Meaning and morphosyntax II: verb meaning and argument structure
    11. Semantic variation and change.

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  • Author

    Nick Riemer, University of Sydney
    Nick Riemer is a Lecturer in the English and Linguistics departments at the University of Sydney. His recent publications include The Semantics of Polysemy: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri (2005).

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