An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) (Paperback)

An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) By Patrick Griffiths, Chris Cummins (Editor) Cover Image

An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) (Paperback)

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This clear and accessible textbook introduces the crucial concepts essential to your study of the semantics and pragmatics of English. Coverage is wide-ranging, taking you from word meaning to the level of discourse, and explaining how these topics are treated in contemporary linguistic research. Chapters cover adjective, noun and verb meanings, situation types, figurative language, tense, aspect, modality, quantification, topic and focus. Explanations of entailment, compositionality and scope provide a foundation for subsequent study of formal semantics.

Supported by chapter summaries and with plenty of usage examples, exercises and discussion questions, you will not only gain a systematic overview of meaning in English but be equipped with the tools to argue for specific analyses as well.

Patrick Griffiths was a professor of English at Beppu University, Japan. He taught courses on semantics, the structure of English, psycholinguistics and general linguistics at a number of universities, including Beppu, the University of the South Pacific, and in the UK at York University and York St John. Chris Cummins is Reader in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. His other works include Pragmatics (EUP, 2019) and Constraints on Numerical Expressions (2015), and he co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics (2019) with Napoleon Katsos.

Product Details ISBN: 9781474412834
ISBN-10: 1474412831
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language