Semantics: A Coursebook

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 291 pages
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This elementary coursebook has been carefully planned to introduce students to all the main elements of semantics in a simple, step-by-step fashion. Students begin by discovering the value and fascination of studying semantics, and move on to such topics as sense and reference, basic sense relations, simple logic, word meaning, and interpersonal meaning. Each unit of the course includes short sections of explanation and exemplification followed by stimulating practice exercises for the student to complete. Sections of answers and comment enable students accurately to monitor their progress through the course. The innovatory pedagogical structure will be helpful to students following introductory courses in Linguistics and to intermediate students who will find it a useful revision text. The coursebook will also meet the needs of those who wish genuinely to teach themselves about semantics.
 

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Contents

Basic ideas in semantics
vii
Sentences utterances and propositions
13
Reference and sense
23
From reference
32
Predicates
40
Predicates referring expressions and universe of discourse
51
Deixis and definiteness
60
Words and things extensions and prototypes
74
More connectives
163
Word meaning
175
Meaning postulates
185
Properties of predicates
196
Derivation
203
Participant roles
217
Interpersonal meaning
230
Perlocutions and illocutions
238

to sense
87
Sense relations 1
99
Sense relations 2
111
Logic
128
A notation for simple propositions
138
Connectives and and or
148
Felicity conditions
248
Direct and indirect illocutions
255
Propositions and illocutions
266
Conversational implicature
276
Recommendations for further study
287
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Brendan Heasley is Consultant (Postgraduate Training), Sharjah Women's College, United Arab Emirates.

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