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Coordination and the Syntax – Discourse Interface


Daniel Altshuler, Robert Truswell

09 June 2022

Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology

This survey explores interactions between syntax and discourse, through a case study of patterns of extraction from coordinate structures. It offers a starting point for further research on extraction from coordinate structures and provides a guide to how to tease out the theoretical implications of empirical findings.

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Pragmatics: A Slim Guide


Betty J. Birner

04 January 2021

This book offers a concise but comprehensive entry-level guide to the study of meaning in context. Betty Birner explores how we understand the difference between the literal meaning of what is said and what was intended by the speaker, using a wide range of real-life examples.

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Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory


Ash Asudeh, Gianluca Giorgolo

15 September 2020

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

This book develops a theory of enriched meanings for natural language interpretation that uses the concept of monads and related ideas from category theory. The volume is interdisciplinary in nature, and will appeal to graduate students and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in natural language understanding and representation.

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Veneeta Dayal

10 November 2016

Oxford Surveys in Semantics and Pragmatics

This book synthesizes and integrates 40 years of research on the semantics of questions, and its interface with pragmatics and syntax. It will be a unique resource for the novice and expert alike, and seeks to appeal to a variety of readers without compromising depth and breadth of coverage.

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A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning


Ray Jackendoff

02 April 2015

A profoundly arresting integration of the faculties of the mind - of how we think, speak, and see the world. Written with an informality that belies the originality of its insights and the radical nature of its conclusions, this is the author's most important book since his groundbreaking Foundations of Language in 2002.

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Second Edition


Yan Huang

27 November 2014

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics has been fully revised and updated. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language, as well as new material covering subjects including conversational implicature, emotional deixis, and contextualism versus semantic minimalism.

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Making New Words: Morphological Derivation in English


R. M. W Dixon

21 August 2014

This book provides a detailed study of around 200 English prefixes and suffixes. Each affix is discussed in detail, with information on its origin, phonological form, stress placement, semantic range, and the roots it can be attached to. It will be a valuable text for those studying English language and linguistics from undergraduate level upwards

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Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics


Paul Elbourne

06 October 2011

Paul Elbourne explores the complex nature of meaning in crystal clear language. He draws on approaches developed in linguistics, philosophy, and psychology - assuming a knowledge of none of them - in a manner that will appeal to everyone interested in this essential element of human psychology and culture.

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Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

Third Edition


Alan Cruse

25 November 2010

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

A comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language. Alan Cruse covers semantic matters, but also deals with topics that are usually considered to fall under pragmatics. A major aim is to highlight the richness and subtlety of meaning phenomena, rather than to expound any particular theory.

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