Semantic Analysis: A Practical Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Aug 4, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 490 pages
This lively textbook introduces students and scholars to practical and precise methods for articulating the meanings of words and sentences, and for revealing connections between language and culture. Topics range over emotions, speech acts, words for animals and artefacts, motion, activity verbs, causatives, discourse particles, and nonverbal communication. Alongside English, it features a wide range of other languages, including Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Australian Aboriginal languages. Undergraduates, graduate students and professional linguists alike will benefit from Goddard's wide-ranging summaries, clear explanations and analytical depth. Meaning is fundamental to language and linguistics. This book shows that the study of meaning can be rigorous, insightful and exciting.
 

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Contents

the study of meaning
1
lexicography logic and structuralism
32
3 NSM and other contemporary approaches
64
4 The semantics of emotions
99
5 Speechact verbs
129
6 Discourse particles and interjections
162
7 Animals and artefacts
194
8 Motion
240
10 Causatives
304
11 Grammatical categories
335
12 Developments extensions and applications
371
Solutions to selected exercises
415
References
447
Language Index
477
General Index
479
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9 Physical activity verbs
269

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Cliff Goddard is Professor of Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia. He was previously Professor of Linguistics, University of New England. His books include The Languages of East and Southeast Asia (OUP 2005). He is co-editor with Anna Wierzbicka of Meaning and Universal Grammar (Benjamins 2002) with whom he is currently working on a book concerned with words and meanings.

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