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Linguistic Semantics: An Introduction is the successor to Sir John Lyons' important textbook Language, Meaning and Context (1981). While preserving the general structure of the earlier book, the author has substantially expanded its scope to introduce several topics that were not previously discussed, and to take account of new developments in linguistic semantics over the past decade. The resulting work is an invaluable guide to the subject, offering clarifications of its specialized terms and explaining its relationship to formal and philosophical and to contemporary semantics and pragmatics. With its clear and accessible style it will appeal to a wide student readership. Sir John Lyons is one of the most important and internationally renowned contributors to the study of linguistics. His many publications include his Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics (1968) and Semantics (1977).
Preface; List of symbols and typographical conventions; Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Metalinguistic preliminaries; Part II. Lexical Meaning: 2. Words as meaningful units; 3. Defining the meaning of words; 4. The structural approach; Part III. Sentence-Meaning: 5. Meaningful and meaningless sentences; 6. Sentence-meaning and propositional content; 7. The formalisation of sentence-meaning; Part IV. Utterance-Meaning: 8. Speech acts and illocutionary force; 9. Text and discourse; context and co-text; 10. The subjectivity of utterance; Suggestions for further reading; Bibliography; Index.
Posted February 11, 2009
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