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A Coursebook

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671873
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  • This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of semantics in a simple, step-by-step fashion. Each unit includes short sections of explanation with examples, followed by stimulating practice exercises to complete in the book. Feedback and comment sections follow each exercise to enable students to monitor their progress. No previous background in semantics is assumed, as students begin by discovering the value and fascination of the subject and then move through all key topics in the field, including sense and reference, simple logic, word meaning and interpersonal meaning. New study guides and exercises have been added to the end of each unit to help reinforce and test learning. A completely new unit on non-literal language and metaphor, plus updates throughout the text significantly expand the scope of the original edition to bring it up-to-date with modern teaching of semantics for introductory courses in linguistics as well as intermediate students.

    • Unique approach to introducing the topic with short explanatory sections followed by stimulating practice exercises to be completed on the page
    • Feedback and comment sections in the text allow students to monitor understanding of material whilst new end-of-unit exercises allow instructors to test and reinforce learning
    • Thoroughly revised, expanded and updated to fit with modern teaching of the subject
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    Its a good one I learned alot . Its contains alot of good informations And it focause on the important informations . But the only thing that is difficult is the questions on the units

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671873
    • length: 361 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 780 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Ideas in Semantics: Unit 1. About semantics
    Unit 2. Sentences, utterances, and propositions
    Unit 3. Reference and sense
    Part II. From Reference …: Unit 4. Referring expressions
    Unit 5. Predicates
    Unit 6. Predicates, referring expressions, and universe of discourse
    Unit 7. Deixis and definiteness
    Unit 8. Words and things. Extensions and prototypes
    Part III. … To Sense: Unit 9. Sense properties and stereotypes
    Unit 10. Sense relations (1)
    Unit 11. Sense relations (2)
    Part IV. Logic: Unit 12. About logic
    Unit 13. A notation for simple propositions
    Unit 14. Connectives. And and or
    Unit 15. More connectives
    Part V. Word Meaning: Unit 16. About dictionaries
    Unit 17. Meaning postulates
    Unit 18. Properties of predicates
    Unit 19. Derivation
    Unit 20. Participant roles
    Part VI. Interpersonal and Non-Literal Meaning: Unit 21. Speech acts
    Unit 22. Perlocutions and illocutions
    Unit 23. Felicity conditions
    Unit 24. Direct and indirect illocutions
    Unit 25. Propositions and illocutions
    Unit 26. Conversational implicature
    Unit 27. Non-literal meaning: idioms, metaphor, and metonymy
    Selected references and recommendations for further study

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    James R. Hurford, Brendan Heasley, Michael B. Smith

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  • Authors

    James R. Hurford, University of Edinburgh
    James R. Hurford is Professor of General Linguistics, University of Edinburgh.

    Brendan Heasley, Ain Shams University, Cairo
    Brendan Heasley is Consultant (Postgraduate Training), Sharjah Women's College, United Arab Emirates.

    Michael B. Smith, Oakland University, Michigan
    Michael B. Smith is Associate Professor of Linguistics, Oakland University.

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