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Semantics
An Introduction to Meaning in Language

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521819626

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  • The study of meaning in language has developed dramatically over the last fifty years. Semantics is distinctive as it not only presents a general introduction to the topic, including the most recent developments, but it also provides a unique perspective for addressing current issues. It opens by introducing readers to the study of logic (natural deduction) as the background against which developments have taken place. This demonstrates the link between semantics and the study of reasoning and how this view can provide new solutions to the puzzles that have plagued the approaches presented in other textbooks. The major subject areas of semantics are discussed, including quantification, anaphora and discourse, tense and aspect, ellipsis and context, and word meaning. The book also presents state-of-the-art research in topics at the forefront of semantics.

    • Assumes only a basic knowledge of concepts in semantics and pragmatics
    • Includes exercises at the end of each section which allow readers to monitor their understanding of the material and challenges them with new questions
    • Presents new, innovative developments in the area of semantics
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    '... an excellent introduction to natural language semantics.' Klaus von Heusinger, Universit├Ąt Stuttgart, Germany

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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521819626
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preliminaries for model building
    2. The syntax of logical inference
    3. The semantics of logical inference
    4. Quantification and plurality
    5. Anaphora, discourse and context
    6. Time, tense and events
    7. Ellipsis as a window on context
    8. What a word can mean.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Semantics
    • Aspects of Meaning
    • Formal Semantics: Truth, Meaning, and Language
    • Fundamentals of Meaning
    • Introduction to Formal Semantics
    • Introduction to Semantic Analysis
    • Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics
    • Linguistics & Grammar
    • Logic and the Theory of Meaning
    • Semantic Theory
    • Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse Structures for Teachers
    • Structure of Modern English: Semantics
    • Studies in Linguistics: Semantics
    • introduction to semantics
  • Authors

    Ronnie Cann, University of Edinburgh
    Ronnie Cann is a Reader in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

    Ruth Kempson, King's College London
    Ruth Kempson is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Philosophy at King's College London.

    Eleni Gregoromichelaki, King's College London
    Eleni Gregoromichelaki is a Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at King's College London.

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