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  • 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...

  • Aspects of Meaning Constructionby GŁnter Radden; Klaus-Michael KŲpcke; Thomas Berg; Peter Siemund

    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...

  • Bridging and Relevanceby Tomoko Matsui

    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...

  • Coming to our Sensesby Michael Devitt

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 42.00

    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$ 56.00

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