Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

by Alan Cruse


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Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics by Alan Cruse

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language, covering not only semantic matters but also topics normally considered to fall under pragmatics. Above all, the book displays and explains the richness and subtlety of meaning, with the aid of numerous examples and exercises throughout the text. Highly readable, written with style and wit, Meaning in Language is not bound to any particular theory, but provides explanations of theoretical approaches and perspectives as the context requires, with a stress throughout on the need for conceptual clarity.

The text and exercises in this third edition have been fully updated to take into account the most recent developments in the field and new chapters have been added, one on the semantics of prepositions and another on the semantics of derivational affixes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199263066
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alan Cruse was formerly Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

Typographic conventionsix
Preface to the first editionx
Preface to the second editionxiii
Part 1Fundamental Notions1
2Logical matters17
3Types and dimensions of meaning39
Part 2Words and their Meanings81
5Introduction to lexical semantics83
6Contextual variability of word meaning101
7Word meanings and concepts123
8Paradigmatic sense relations of inclusion and identity141
9Paradigmatic relations of exclusion and opposition159
10Word fields173
11Extensions of meaning193
12Syntagmatic relations215
13Lexical decomposition233
14New directions in lexical semantics: a dynamic construal approach259
Part 3Semantics and Grammar273
15Grammatical semantics275
Part 4Pragmatics313
16Reference and deixis315
17Speech acts343
18Conversational implicatures361
Answers to questions399
Author index425
Subject index427

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