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Introducing Linguistics

By (author) John I. Saeed
Genres: Semantics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 11th Apr 1996
Dimensions: w 171mm h 246mm d 27mm
Weight: 771g
ISBN-10: 0631200355
ISBN-13: 9780631200352
Barcode No: 9780631200352
This volume provides an engaging introduction to semantics for readers new to the subject. The book has three sections. Part I is concerned with the place of semantics within linguistics and its relation with the disciplines of philosophy and psychology. Part II introduces central topics in the description of word and sentence meaning. Part III reviews the three main current theoretical approaches to semantics: componential theory, formal semantics and cognitive semantics.The book discusses semantic phenomena from a wide range of languages. Each chapter contains exercises to allow the reader to explorethe issues raised, and suggestions fro further readings.

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"This lively book provides a truly comprehensive introduction to current linguistic semantics. Used in introductory and intermediate courses in semantics, it will supply teachers with an easy to use basic text and students with an accessible source of dependable information." Ronnie Cann, University of Edinburgh. "This is a solid well-written and very comprehensive textbook that will prove an invaluable resource in introductoy semantics classes. The exercises are especially useful and the sections on theoretical approaches represent ideal links to more advanced semantic theory." David Adger, University of York.