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.
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Series:||Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Patrick Griffiths is Professor of English at the Beppu University, Japan