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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...

  • Lexical Meaning in Dialogic Language Useby Sebastian Feller

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 135.00

    Lexical Meaning in Dialogic Language Use addresses a number of central issues in the field of lexical semantics. Starting off from an action-theoretical view of communication meaning is defined as something that speakers do in dialogic language use. Meaning as ?meaning-in-use? opens up a new perspective on a number of aspects: how can we define the... more...

  • Lexical-Semantic Relationsby Petra Storjohann

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This collection of articles sketches the complexity of the subject of lexical-semantic relations and addresses semantic, lexicographic and computational issues on an array of meaning relations in different languages. It brings together a variety of linguistic studies on the contextualised construction of synonymy and antonymy in discourse. It shows... 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...

  • Metarepresentationby Eun-Ju Noh

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 165.00

    Eun-Ju Noh’s book provides a close look at linguistic metarepresentation showing how beliefs, utterances, and propositions are represented and how they are inferred. The author explains how metarepresentation works in various types of uses: quotations, negation, echo questions, and conditionals in terms of truth conditions and pragmatic enrichment.... more...

  • Perspectives on Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourseby István Kenesei; Robert M. Harnish

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 180.00

    Professor Ferenc Kiefer of the Linguistics Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was instrumental in bringing early transformational grammar to Europe. His extensive work contributes substantially to making a connection between the grammatical theory and other areas of linguistics. The 17 essays in this book celebrate his career by continuing... more...

  • Semantic Primes and Universal Grammarby Bert Peeters

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 188.00

    This volume is part of a research program which started with the publication, in 1972, of Anna Wierzbicka?s groundbreaking work on Semantic Primitives . The first within the program to focus on a number of typologically similar languages, it proposes a French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian version of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) elaborated... more...

  • Studies in Evidentialityby Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald; R.M.W. Dixon

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 195.00

    In a number of languages, the speaker must specify the evidence for every statement whether seen, or heard, or inferred from indirect evidence, or learnt from someone else. This grammatical category, referring to information source, is called ?evidentiality?. Evidentiality systems differ in how complex they are: some distinguish just two terms (eyewitness... more...

  • Text and Context in Functional Linguisticsby Mohsen Ghadessy

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 188.00

    The shift towards a sociolinguistic approach to the analysis of language in the last few decades has necessitated new definitions for a number of concepts that linguists have taken for granted for a long time. This volume attempts to demystify the important notions of ‘text’ and ‘context’ by providing clear definitions and examples... more...