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Semantic Theory by Ruth M. Kempson
Book DescriptionSemantics is a bridge discipline between linguistics and philosophy; but linguistics student are rarely able to reach that bridge, let alone cross it to inspect and assess the activity on the other side. Professor Kempson's textbook seeks particularly to encourage such exchanges. She deals with the standard linguistic topics like componential analysis, semantic universals and the syntax-semantics controversy. But she also provides for students with no training in philosophy or logic an introduction to such central topics in the philosophy of language as logical form, truth, speech acts, analyticity, entailment and presupposition. The exposition throughout is deliberately argumentative rather than descriptive, introducing the student step by step to the major problems in theoretical semantics. Special emphasis is placed on the need to consider individual arguments within the overall perspective of semantics as an integral part of general linguistic theory. Written primarily as a textbook for undergraduates and graduates in linguistics departments, this book will also be useful to undergraduates in philosophy and in psychology where linguistics is a part of their course.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521292092
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1977
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ruth M. Kempson
Dynamic Syntax, Hardback (November 2000)
This volume sets out an original model of the dynamics of language processing, which can be used to explain the structural properties of language in a simple and elegant way. The model is introduced both informally and formally, and is applied to a range of languages.
Mental Representations, Paperback (June 1990)
This dynamic collection provides an overview of the relationship between linguistic form and interpretation.
Prspstn Dlmitatn Semantics, Paperback (July 1975)» View all books by Ruth M. Kempson
This book argues that previous work on presupposition has been mistakenly based on a conflation of semantics and pragmatics.
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