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.
About the Author
Alan Cruse was formerly Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the first edition||x|
|Preface to the second edition||xiii|
|Part 1||Fundamental Notions||1|
|3||Types and dimensions of meaning||39|
|Part 2||Words and their Meanings||81|
|5||Introduction to lexical semantics||83|
|6||Contextual variability of word meaning||101|
|7||Word meanings and concepts||123|
|8||Paradigmatic sense relations of inclusion and identity||141|
|9||Paradigmatic relations of exclusion and opposition||159|
|11||Extensions of meaning||193|
|14||New directions in lexical semantics: a dynamic construal approach||259|
|Part 3||Semantics and Grammar||273|
|16||Reference and deixis||315|
|Answers to questions||399|