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Part of Key Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics

  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521264167

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  • Modifiers and modification have been a major focus of inquiry for as long as the formal study of semantics has existed, and remain at the heart of major theoretical debates in the field. Modification offers comprehensive coverage of a wide range of topics, including vagueness and gradability, comparatives and degree constructions, the lexical semantics of adjectives and adverbs, crosscategorial regularities, and the relation between meaning and syntactic category. Morzycki guides the reader through the varied and sometimes mysterious phenomena surrounding modification and the ideas that have been proposed to account for them. Presenting disparate approaches in a consistent analytical framework, this accessibly written work, which includes an extensive glossary of technical terms, is essential reading for researchers and students of all levels in linguistics, the philosophy of language and psycholinguistics.

    • Uses an accessible, pedagogical style for greater understanding of the empirical phenomena, theoretical proposals, and analytical tools
    • Provides detailed, worked-out examples of technical computations
    • Includes a glossary of technical terminology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Morzycki's discussion of modification is a beautifully written microcosm of the semantic enterprise as a whole. It leaves the reader with the sense that this is an exciting and burgeoning field on the brink of new discoveries.' Alan Bale, Concordia University, Montréal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521264167
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preliminaries
    2. The lexical semantics of adjectives: more than just scales
    3. Vagueness, degrees, and gradable predicates
    4. Comparatives and their kin
    5. Adverbs
    6. Crosscategorial concerns
    7. Taking stock.

  • Author

    Marcin Morzycki, Michigan State University
    Marcin Morzycki is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University.

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