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  • The Composition of Meaningby Alice ter Meulen; Werner Abraham

    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...

  • Evidentials and Relevanceby Elly Ifantidou

    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...

  • From Polysemy to Semantic Changeby Martine Vanhove

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 165.00

    This book is the result of a joint project on lexical and semantic typology which gathered together field linguists, semanticists, cognitivists, typologists, and an NLP specialist. These cross-linguistic studies concern semantic shifts at large, both synchronic and diachronic: the outcome of polysemy, heterosemy, or semantic change at the lexical level.... more...

  • Coming to our Sensesby Michael Devitt

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 44.00

    Professor Devitt takes up one of the most important difficulties that must be faced by philosophical semantics: namely, the threat posed by holism. more...

  • Semantic Leapsby Seana Coulson

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 60.00

    Explores how people combine knowledge from different domains in order to understand and express new ideas. more...

  • Concise Encyclopedia of Semanticsby Keith Allan; Keith Brown

    Elsevier Science 2010; US$ 225.00

    Concise Encyclopedia of Semantics is a comprehensive new reference work aiming to systematically describe all aspects of the study of meaning in language. It synthesizes in one volume the latest scholarly positions on the construction, interpretation, clarification, obscurity, illustration, amplification, simplification, negotiation, contradiction,... more...

  • The Contextualization of Languageby Peter Auer; Aldo Di Luzio

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1992; US$ 188.00

    This volume suggests a novel treatment of context in the analysis of everyday interaction. On a theoretical level, it advocates a switch of focus from 'context' as a preestablished, monolithic category which constringes co-participants' verbal and nonverbal behaviour, to an active notion of 'contextualization': in order to make oneself understood,... more...

  • Essays in Semantics and Pragmaticsby Masayoshi Shibatani; Sandra A. Thompson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 173.00

    This volume reflects the influence of Chuck Fillmore?s ground-breaking work in the fields of semantics and pragmatics. The papers in the volume pay tribute to his pioneering research into the deepest realms of the nature of ?meaning?. more...

  • Semantic and Lexical Universalsby Cliff Goddard; Anna Wierzbicka

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1994; US$ 233.00

    This set of papers represents a unique collection; it is the first attempt ever to empirically test a hypothetical set of semantic and lexical universals across a number of genetically and typologically diverse languages. In fact the word 'collection' is not fully appropriate in this case, since the papers report research undertaken specifically for... more...

  • The Semantics of Grammarby Anna Wierzbicka

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988; US$ 224.00

    “The semantics of grammar” presents a radically semantic approach to syntax and morphology. It offers a methodology which makes it possible to demonstrate, on an empirical basis, that syntax is neither “autonomous” nor “arbitrary”, but that it follows from “semantics”. It is shown that every grammatical... more...