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Understanding semantics

Author: Sebastian Löbner
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Understanding language series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Understanding Semantics is an accessible and invaluable introduction to the three main traditions of semantics: structuralism and decomposition, cognitive semantics and formal semantics.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sebastian Löbner
ISBN: 9781444122435 1444122436 9780415826730 041582673X 9780203528334 0203528336
OCLC Number: 812256101
Notes: Previous edition published under Hodder Education, the second edition is now published under Routledge after Hodder Education Linguistic titles were acquired in 2012.
Description: x, 379 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.1. Levels of meaning --
1.2. Sentence meaning and compositionality --
1.3. Semantics: its scope and limits --
Exercises --
Further reading --
2.1. Meanings are concepts --
2.2. Descriptive meaning --
2.3. Meaning and social interaction: the dimension of social meaning --
2.4. Meaning and subjectivity: the dimension of expressive meaning --
2.5. Connotations --
2.6. Dimensions of meaning --
Exercises --
Further reading --
3.1. Lexemes --
3.2. Lexical ambiguity --
3.3. Compositional ambiguity --
3.4. Contextual ambiguity --
3.5. Meaning shifts and polysemy --
Exercises --
Further reading --
Part 1: Deixis --
4.1. Person deixis --
4.2. Demonstratives and place deixis --
4.3. Time deixis --
Part 2: Determination --
4.4. Definiteness and indefiniteness --
4.5. Quantification --
4.6. Generic NPs --
Part 3: Presuppositions --
4.7. Presuppositions --
4.8. Summary --
Exercises --
Further reading --
5.1. Predications contained in a sentence --
5.2. Predicate terms and argument terms, predicates and arguments --
5.3. Verbs --
5.4. Nouns and adjectives --
5.5. Predicate logic notation --
5.6. Thematic roles --
5.7. Selectional restrictions --
5.8. Summary --
Exercises --
Further reading --
6.1. Argument structure, diatheses and alternations --
6.2. Situation structure --
6.3. Aspect --
6.4. Tense --
6.5. Selected tense and aspect systems --
6.6. Concluding remark --
Exercises --
Further reading --
7.1. Logical basics --
7.2. Logical properties of sentences --
7.3. Logical relations between sentences --
7.4. Sentential logic --
7.5. Logical relations between words --
7.6. Logic and meaning --
7.7. Classical logic and presuppositions --
Exercises --
Further reading --
8.1. Synonymy --
8.2. Hyponymy --
8.3. Oppositions --
8.4. Lexical fields --
Exercises --
Further reading --
9.1. structuralist approach --
9.2. Applying the structuralist approach to meaning --
9.3. Semantic features --
9.4. Semantic formulae --
9.5. Semantic primes: Wierzbicka's Natural Semantic Metalanguage --
9.6. Summary and evaluation of the approaches to decomposition --
Exercises --
Further reading --
10.1. Translation problems --
10.2. Headache, international --
10.3. Relativism and universalism --
10.4. Berlin and Kay's investigation of colour terms --
10.5. Consequences --
Exercises --
Further reading --
11.1. Categories and concepts --
11.2. Prototype theory --
11.3. hierarchical organization of categories --
11.4. Challenges to prototype theory --
11.5. Semantics and prototype theory --
11.6. Semantic knowledge --
11.7. Summary --
Exercises --
Further reading --
12.1. Barsalou frames --
12.2. Verbs and frames --
12.3. Nouns and frames --
12.4. Frames and composition --
12.5. Frames and cognition --
12.6. Conclusion --
Exercises --
Further reading --
13.1. Japanese numerals: a simple example of a compositional analysis --
13.2. small fragment of English --
13.3. Model-theoretic semantics --
13.4. Possible-world semantics --
13.5. scope and limits of possible-world semantics --
Exercises --
Further reading.
Series Title: Understanding language series.
Responsibility: Sebastian Löbner.

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