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Author Kroeger, Paul, 1952-

Title Analyzing meaning : an introduction to semantics and pragmatics / Paul R. Kroeger
Published Berlin : Language Science Press, 2018
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Series Textbooks in language science ; 5
Textbooks in language science ; 5
Contents Foundational concepts. The meaning of meaning ; Referring, denoting and expressing ; Truth and inference ; The logic of truth -- Word meanings. Word senses ; Lexical sense relations ; Components of lexical meaning -- Implicature. Grice's theory of Implicature ; Pragmatic inference after Grice ; Indirect speech acts ; Conventional implicature and use-conditional meaning -- Compositional semantics. How meanings are composed ; Modeling compositionality ; Quantifiers ; Intensional contexts -- Modals, conditionals, and causation. Modality ; Evidentiality ; Because ; Conditionals -- Tense & aspect. Aspect and Aktionsart ; Tense ; Varieties of the perfect
Summary This book provides an introduction to the study of meaning in human language, from a linguistic perspective. It covers a fairly broad range of topics, including lexical semantics, compositional semantics, and pragmatics. The chapters are organized into six units: (1) Foundational concepts; (2) Word meanings; (3) Implicature (including indirect speech acts); (4) Compositional semantics; (5) Modals, conditionals, and causation; (6) Tense & aspect. Most of the chapters include exercises which can be used for class discussion and/or homework assignments, and each chapter contains references for additional reading on the topics covered. As the title indicates, this book is truly an INTRODUCTION: it provides a solid foundation which will prepare students to take more advanced and specialized courses in semantics and/or pragmatics. It is also intended as a reference for fieldworkers doing primary research on under-documented languages, to help them write grammatical descriptions that deal carefully and clearly with semantic issues. The approach adopted here is largely descriptive and non-formal (or, in some places, semi-formal), although some basic logical notation is introduced. The book is written at level which should be appropriate for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. It presupposes some previous coursework in linguistics, but does not presuppose any background in formal logic or set theory
Analysis Linguistics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Semantics.
Discourse analysis.
Context (Linguistics)
Language and languages -- Study and teaching.
Language Arts & Disciplines -- Linguistics.
Context (Linguistics)
Discourse analysis
Language and languages -- Study and teaching
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783961100347