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Semantics

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  • Contrastive Pragmaticsby Karin Aijmer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 128.00

    The nominative and infinitive (or NCI) is a syntactic pattern that has so far not been given its due in the linguistics of languages that possess structures that could go by that name. In English and Dutch these were probably introduced (or at the very least revived) into the grammar as loans from Latin. To the extent that they have received attention,... more...

  • The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Amd?yaby Jared Greenblatt

    BRILL 2010; US$ 266.00

    This work is a linguistic description of an obsolescent dialect of Neo-Aramaic. The dialect was originally spoken by Jews residing in the village of Am dya (a.k.a Amadiya) in modern-day northern Iraq. No native speakers of this dialect remain in situ. They, along with the other Jewish communities of the Kurdish region, had all left by 1951. The majority... more...

  • The Art of Dialectic between Dialogue and Rhetoricby Marta Spranzi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    This book reconstructs the tradition of dialectic from Aristotle's Topics , its founding text, up to its "renaissance" in 16th century Italy, and focuses on the role of dialectic in the production of knowledge. Aristotle defines dialectic as a structured exchange of questions and answers and thus links it to dialogue and disputation, while Cicero... more...

  • Defining Metonymy in Cognitive Linguisticsby Réka Benczes; Antonio Barcelona; Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáńez

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 135.00

    The notion of matrix domain in metonymy needs further exploration in connection to its role in the unfolding of contextual elements in discourse. On the basis of different dialogues in Chinese, I examine the way shifts in indirect speech act meaning relate to changes in the metonymic source and target domains underlying such meaning. I claim that matrix... more...

  • Discursive Pragmaticsby Jan Zienkowski; Jan-Ola Östman; Jef Verschueren

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 59.00

    The ten volumes of Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While the other volumes select specific philosophical, cognitive, grammatical, social, cultural, variational, or interactional angles, this 8 th volume... more...

  • Historical Sociopragmaticsby Jonathan Culpeper

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 120.00

    Originally published as a special issue of Journal of Historical Pragmatics 10:2 (2009), this is the first book to map out historical sociopragmatics, a multidisciplinary field located within historical pragmatics, but overlapping with socially-oriented fields, such as sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis. Historical sociopragmatics has... more...

  • Telecinematic Discourseby Roberta Piazza; Monika Bednarek; Fabio Rossi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 143.00

    In television comedies, the system of the English language, defined here as a set of choices from conventionalised language elements (Halliday 1994: xxvi) is used to create humour. From this perspective, humorous communication first appears as a phenomenon of instantiation (Halliday and Matthiessen 2004: 26–29), which uses, but does not immediately... more...

  • Making Semantics Pragmaticby Ken Turner

    BRILL 2011; US$ 114.95

    A collection of invited papers that intends to explore the nature of the semantics/pragmatics interface by examining the extent to which the analysis of certain expressions or constructions can be pragmaticised. It contains papers that address the topic of 'making pragmatics semantic'. more...

  • Cognitive Approaches to Tense, Aspect, and Epistemic Modalityby Adeline Patard; Frank Brisard

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 135.00

    This chapter explores the connection between past tense and modality in English and French. After arguing for a temporal definition of past tenses, I reinterpret the classical opposition between temporal uses and modal uses in terms of the speakers’s referential or subjective intentionality. I further distinguish between the epistemic uses –... more...

  • The Event Structure of Perception Verbsby Nikolas Gisborne

    OUP Oxford 2010; US$ 124.99 US$ 107.49

    This book examines the semantics and syntactic behaviour of perception verbs such as look, see, taste, hear, feel, sound, and listen. It considers their meanings, modality, and irregularity, and examines the kinds of polysemy they exhibit. It offers new insights on lexical causation, evidentiality, and processes of cognition. more...