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Published by CSLI Publications in Stanford, Calif .
Written in English


  • Semantics.,
  • Linguistic analysis (Linguistics)

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-275) and index.

StatementFrançois Rastier, Marc Cavazza, Anne Abeillé ; translated by R. Lawrence Marks.
ContributionsRastier, François., Cavazza, Marc, 1962-, Abeillé, Anne., Marks, R. Lawrence.
LC ClassificationsP325 .S3825613 2002
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 280 p. :
Number of Pages280
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3952271M
ISBN 101575863537, 1575863529
LC Control Number2001047925

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  Kroegers recent semantics book follows this one in content in a lot of ways, but provides a lot less theory and a lot more diagnostics for language analysis. Saeed does a good job providing a (cognitive) theoretical framework for descriptive semantics/5. Understanding Semantics, Second Edition, provides an engaging and accessible introduction to linguistic semantics. The first part takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to the main.   This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of semantics in a simple, step-by-step fashion. Each unit includes short sections of explanation with examples, followed by stimulating practice exercises to complete in the book. Feedback and comment sections follow each exercise to enable students to monitor their progress. No previous background in semantics is assumed, as students /5(3). As the title indicates, this book is truly an INTRODUCTION: it provides a solid foundation which will prepare students to take more advanced and specialized courses in semantics and/or pragmatics. It is also intended as a reference for fieldworkers doing primary research on under-documented languages, to help them write grammatical descriptions 5/5(1).

Semantics ix USING THIS BOOK This book is intended to meet the need for a genuinely introductory course book in semantics. It is intended for undergraduates, probably beginning a linguistics-related course, who find themselves having to deal with semantics for the first time. It is quite common for such. in this book. It was Martin Atkinson, a fellow research assistant on an Edinburgh University Linguistics Department project, who first ex-plained to me how the study of meaning can be split between semantics and pragmatics. Semantics is concerned with the resources (vocabulary and a system for calculating phrase-, clause- and sentence-meanings). The term semantics (from the Greek for "sign") was coined by French linguist Michel Bréal (), who is commonly regarded as a founder of modern semantics. Observations "The technical term for the study of meaning in language is semantics. But as soon as this term is Author: Richard Nordquist. When the first edition of Semantics appeared in , the developments in this aspect of language study were exciting interest not only among linguists, but among philosophers, psychologists and logicians. Professor Palmer's straightforward and comprehensive book was immediately welcomed as one of the best introductions to the subject. Interest in Semantics has been further stimulated recently 1/5(2).