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Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics
     

Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics

by Patrick Griffiths
 

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An introduction to the linguistic study of meaning, this book outlines the meaning potential (semantics) of English and how language knowledge is put to use (pragmatics). As well as gaining a systematic overview of meaning in English, readers can learn how to argue for analyses. Among the significant concepts introduced are denotation, sense relations, event types

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An introduction to the linguistic study of meaning, this book outlines the meaning potential (semantics) of English and how language knowledge is put to use (pragmatics). As well as gaining a systematic overview of meaning in English, readers can learn how to argue for analyses. Among the significant concepts introduced are denotation, sense relations, event types, explicature, implicature, presupposition, metaphor, reference, speech acts and (at an elementary level) Generalised Quantifier Theory. Sense relations--such as antonymy and hyponymy--are presented as summarising patterns of entailment. The sense of a word is seen as the contributions it makes to the entailments carried by sentences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748616312
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Langu
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Griffiths is Professor of English at the Beppu University, Japan

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