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Meaning in Language

An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

Third Edition

Alan Cruse

November 2010

ISBN: 9780199559466

512 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Price: £27.99

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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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.

  • Fully updated to reflect changes in current scholarship
  • Substantial treatment of both semantics and pragmatics in one volume
  • Rich exemplification and numerous exercises, as well as discussion questions with suggested answers at the end of the book
  • Compares the main theoretical approaches and perspectives

New to this edition

  • Chapters are fully revised to take into account changes in recent scholarship
  • New chapters on the semantics of prepositions and the semantics of derivational affixes
  • New exercises

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Fundamental Notions
    1:Introduction
    2:Logic and Meaning
    3:Concepts and Meaning
    Part 2 Words and Their Meanings
    4:Lexical Units
    5:Contextual Variability of Word Meaning
    6:Paradigmatic Relations of Inclusion and Identity
    7:Paradigmatic Relations of Exclusion and Opposition
    8:Lexical Hierarchies
    9:Syntagmatic Semantic Relations
    10:Describing Lexical Senses 1: Dimensions and Structures
    11:Describing lexical Senses 2: Approaches to the Specification of Word Meanings
    12:Extensions of Meaning
    Part 3 Grammatical Meaning
    13:Grammatical Meaning: Nouns and Noun Phrases
    14:Argument Structure and Transitivity
    15:Grammatical Meaning: Verbs and Adjectives
    16:The Semantics of Prepositions
    17:The Semantics of Derivational Affixes
    part 4 Pragmatics
    18:Speech Acts
    19:Reference and Deixis
    20:Conversational Implicatures
    Epilogue
    Answers to Questions
    References
    Author Index
    Subject Index

Reviews

Review from previous edition 'Written in clear and concise language, this book offers comprehensive coverage of the topics in the study of meaning in language. Students will profit considerably by reading this excellent text' - Huimin Ji, University of Georgia

'The book introduces the reader to the complex topic of meaning in language, providing and excellent comprehensive survey of the full range of semantic phenomena. The author is aware that the richness and variety of the presented topic could cause feelings of confusion, especially to less experienced readers, and thus offers a text with extensive explanatory power.' - Gabriela Missikova, University of Constantine the Philosopher

Praise for the new edition 'Building on the many strengths of the first edition of Meaning in Language, Alan Cruse has significantly updated this already valuable textbook. New thinking about lexical semantics can be found alongside concise and pithy illustrations of all aspects of pragmatics and grammar, making this an excellent resource for any reader interested in the nuts and bolts of linguistic meaning.' - Mark Turin, Digital Himalaya Project, University of Cambridge