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From etymology to pragmatics : metaphorical and cultural aspects of semantic structure

Author: Eve Sweetser
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Series: Cambridge studies in linguistics, 54.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A new approach to the analysis of the multiple meanings of English modals, conjunctions, conditionals and perception verbs. Although such ambiguities cannot easily be accounted for by  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Sweetser
ISBN: 0521324068 9780521324069 0521424429 9780521424424
OCLC Number: 19589199
Description: xi, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Past approaches and problems --
Cognitively oriented recent work in semantics --
Semantic change and polysemy patterns: metaphorical connections between semantic fields --
Semantic structure and semantic change: English perception-verbs in an Indo-European context --
Introduction --
The Mind-as-Body Metaphor --
Sense-perception verbs in English and Indo-European --
The structure of our metaphors of perception --
Conclusions --
Modality --
Introduction --
The root modals in English --
Epistemic modality as an extension of root modality --
Speech-act verbs and speech-act modality --
Conclusions --
Conjunction, coordination, and subordination --
Causal and adversative conjunctions --
And, or, and but --
Conclusions --
Conditionals --
Conditionals in three domains --
Real and apparent ambiguities between classes of conditionals --
If as a topic marker --
The even-if reading of conditionals.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in linguistics, 54.
Responsibility: Eve Sweetser.
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