Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 December 2014

216 Pages | 40 illustrations


ISBN: 9780198709831

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The Utility of Meaning

What Words Mean and Why

N. J. Enfield

  • Includes extensive data from semantic and pragmatic case studies carried out in Laos, with accompanying illustrations.
  • Proposes an integrated framework for linguistic meaning, bringing together semantics, pragmatics, and broad conceptual structure.
  • Reformulates a classic debate between 'utilitarian' versus 'intellectualist' views of word meaning.

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