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Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy

A Journey through Meaning


Kasia M. Jaszczolt, University of Cambridge


Semantics and pragmatics – the study of meaning, and meaning in context, respectively – are two fundamental areas of linguistics, and as such are crucial to our understanding of how meaning is created. However, their theoretical ideas are often introduced without making clear connections between views, theories, and problems. This pioneering volume is both a textbook and a research guide, taking the reader on a journey through language and ultimately enabling them to think about meaning as linguists and philosophers…

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  • Offers a unique combination of semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy in one volume and shows how understanding their interaction is essential for understanding meaning in language
  • Combines aspects of a comprehensive textbook with a research guide to help the reader develop their own stance on meaning in language
  • Contains clear overviews of all concepts and theories, but also progresses to philosophical questions at every stage, helping to develop a critical attitude to the theories and views introduced and discussed in the book

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