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Meaning : a slim guide to semantics

Author: Paul D Elbourne
Publisher: Boston, MA ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Series: Oxford linguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Our outstanding ability to communicate is a distinguishing features of our species. To communicate is to convey meaning, but what is meaning? How do words combine to give us the meanings of sentences? And what makes a statement ambiguous or nonsensical? These questions and many others are addressed in Paul Elbourne's fascinating guide. He opens by asking what kinds of things the meanings of words and sentences could  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul D Elbourne
ISBN: 9780199585830 0199585830 9780199696628 0199696624
OCLC Number: 713186713
Description: viii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Definitions --
What are word meanings? --
Semantic properties of words --
What are sentence meanings? --
Semantic properties of sentences --
Meaning and grammar --
Meaning and context --
Meaning and thought.
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: Paul Elbourne.

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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  Read more...

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an unintimidating and admirable entry-point into both the technical and the philosophical dimensions of semantics. * Daniel Harris, Mind * ...provides an excellent introduction to central topics in Read more...

 
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