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- Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 44.99
This book introduces the most important problems of reference and considers the solutions that have been proposed to explain them. Reference is at the centre of debate among linguists and philosophers and, as Barbara Abbott shows, this has been the case for centuries. She begins by examining the basic issue of how far reference is a two place (words-world)... more...
- De Gruyter 2010; US$ 196.00
This volume brings together original papers by linguists and philosophers on the role of context and perspective in language and thought. Several contributions are concerned with the contextualism/relativism debate, which has loomed large in recent philosophical discussions. In a substantial introduction, the editors survey the field and... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 32.00
A large-scale investigation on how multilinguals feel about their languages and use them to communicate emotion. Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches, the author looks at the factors that affect multilinguals' self-perceived competence, attitudes, communicative anxiety, language choice and code-switching. more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 165.00
Meaning does not reside in linguistic units but is constructed in the minds of the language users. Meaning construction is an on-line mental activity whereby speech participants create meanings on the basis of underspecified linguistic units. The construction of meaning is guided by cognitive principles. The contributions collected in the volume focus... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 165.00
While it has long been taken for granted that context or background information plays a crucial role in reference assignment, there have been very few serious attempts to investigate exactly how they are used. This study provides an answer to the question through an extensive analysis of cases of bridging. The book demonstrates that when encountering... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 158.00
Toward the end of the 20th century, there is both a dissatisfaction with existing formal semantic theories and a wish to preserve insights from other semantic traditions. Cognitive semantics, the latest of the major trends which have dominated the century, attempts to do this by focusing on meaning as a cognitive phenomenon. This book provides different... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 149.00
In the modular design of generative theory the syntax?semantics interface has accounted all along for meanings at the level of Logical Form. The syntax?pragmatics interface, on the other hand, is the result of what one may call the ?pragmatic turn? in the linguistic theory, where content is partitioned into given and new information. In other words,... more...
- John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 158.00
This book uses Sperber and Wilson?s Relevance Theory to show how evidential expressions can be analysed in a unified semantic/pragmatic framework. The first part surveys general linguistic work on evidentials, presents speech-act theory and examines Grice?s theory of meaning and communication with emphasis on three main issues: for linguistically encoded... more...