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Semantic Analysis

A Practical Introduction

Second Edition

Cliff Goddard

Publication Date - September 2011

ISBN: 9780199560288

448 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $55.00


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 artifacts, 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.


  • Full of human interent and fascinating cultural details
  • Consistent and common sense approach
  • Lots of exercises with solutions provided
  • A proven and popular textbook thoroughly revised and updated
  • A new chapter on physical activity verbs
  • New material on cognitive linguistics and nonverbal communication
  • Many additional exercises with suggested solutions

About the Author(s)

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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 1998

Table of Contents

    1. Semantics: The Study of Meaning
    2. Three Traditions: Lexicography, Logic, and Structuralism
    3. NSM and Other Contemporary Approaches
    4. The Semantics of Emotions
    5. Speech-act Verbs
    6. Discourse Particles and Interjections
    7. Animals and Artefacts
    8. Motion
    9. Physical Activity Verbs
    10. Causatives
    11. Grammatical Categories
    12. Developments, Extensions, and Applications
    Solutions to Selected Exercises

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