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  • 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...

  • Vagueness and Language Useby Dr Paul Égré; Dr Nathan Klinedinst

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 105.00

    This volume brings together twelve papers by linguists and philosophers contributing novel empirical and formal considerations to theorizing about vagueness. Three main issues are addressed: gradable expressions and comparison, the semantics of degree adverbs and intensifiers (such as 'clearly'), and ways of evading the sorites paradox. more...

  • Contextsby Stefano Predelli

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 38.99

    Stefano Predelli comes to the defence of the traditional 'formal' approach to natural-language semantics, arguing that it has been misrepresented not only by its critics, but also by its foremost defenders. In Contexts he offers a fundamental reappraisal, with particular attention to the treatment of indexicality and other forms of contextual... more...

  • Process, Image, and Meaningby Wolfgang Wildgen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1994; US$ 165.00

    The general topic of this book is the development of a “realistic” model of meaning; it has to account for the ecological basis of meaning in perception, action, and interaction, and is realistic in the sense of “scientific realism”, i.e. it is based on the most successful paradigm of modern science: dynamical systems theory.... more...

  • Recent Trends in Meaning?Text Theoryby Leo Wanner

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1997; US$ 158.00

    The present volume contains articles of well-known representatives of the Meaning-Text Theory (MTT) and other related linguistic theories. Founded by I. Mel’cuk and A. Zholkovsky in the sixties in Moscow, MTT soon became known in the West as a “prominent outsider” theory. The picture changed since then, though. MTT gained importance... more...

  • Formale Semantik und natürliche Spracheby Horst Lohnstein

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 524.00

    Modern linguistics makes increasing use of abstract theories to describe the human capacity for language. This textbook provides a clear overview of the current theoretical concepts and analytical methods; in addition, it explains the technical foundations of formal semantics. It is structured as an aid to teaching and learning, with large numbers... more...

  • Interrogativityby William Chisholm; Louis T. Milic; John A.C. Greppin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1984; US$ 188.00

    This is a comparative study on the subject of interrogativity, presenting broad and narrow attributes on this subject in diverse languages: Russian, Mandarin, Georgian, Bengali, Bantu, Japanese, West Greenlandic and Ute. Each contribution presents, first the basic facts about the language in question, its more recent provenience, facts about numbers... more...

  • The Linguistics of Givingby John Newman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1998; US$ 195.00

    In this collection of papers twelve linguists explore a range of interesting properties of ?give? verbs. The volume offers an in-depth look at many morphological, syntactic, and semantic properties of ?give? verbs, including both literal and figurative senses, across languages. Topics include: an apparent zero-morpheme realisation of ?give? in a Papuan... more...

  • Peter of Spainby Francis P. Dinneen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 180.00

    This book is a translation of Petrus Hispanus' 13th century text. Hispanus was a contemporary of linguistic theorists called 'Modistae' after 12th to 14th century writings entitled De Modis Significandi . Their concerns involved differences between the way things are in themselves, how we understand them, and how grammatical conventions require us... more...