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From the Publisher"The field of semantics within linguistics needs Allan's book tostand as a marker of the clash of two traditions (theformalist/logical tradition and the pragmatic discourse-basedtradition) and as a partially successful attempt to integrate thesetraditions and to produce a workable synthesis of them. The work isextremely impressive from the point of view of scholarship. Allanis clearly widely read, and has given deep thought to the centralproblems of the field." James R Hurford, University ofEdinburgh.
"Allan's book is a wonderful and useful addition to thesemantics literature. It covers all topics, from formal toconceptual, to typological, and does so with insight andaccessibility. I especially like the problems, which are wellthought out and effective teaching tools. Allan is to be praisedfor taking on the immensely difficult task of writing this book andproducing such a good book." William Frawley, University ofDelaware.
Every computational linguist should own at least one semanticstextbook. Allan's book stands apart from many other texts in theway it conveys a real sense of the variety and fecundity oflanguage as spoken by living, breathing human beings."Computational Linguistics