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The most popular Semantics & pragmatics books currently available. Updated weekly.
Understanding Pragmatics
English - One Tongue, Many Voices
This is the fully revised and expanded second edition of English - One Tongue, Many Voices, a book by three internationally distinguished English language scholars who tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space.
Pragmatics: An Advanced Resource Book for Students
Pragmatics for Language Educators: A Sociolinguistic Perspective
Geometry of Meaning: Semantics Based on Conceptual Spaces
A novel cognitive theory of semantics that proposes that the meanings of words can be described in terms of geometric structures.
Introducing Pragmatics in Use
English Historical Pragmatics
A guide to historical pragmatics in English studies. It gives students a grounding in historical pragmatics and teaches the methodology needed to analyse language in social, cultural and historical contexts. It provides insights into the analysis of discourse markers, interjections, terms of address and speech acts.
Pragmatics: A Resource Book for Students
Second edition published 2007 Pragmatics and Discourse: a resource book for students
Mixed Metaphors: Their Use and Abuse
ePDF: 978-1-3500-6606-9 eBook: 978-1-3500-6605-2
Meaning of More
This book examines the semantics of comparative constructions using words such as more, as, too, and so on, and proposes a new account that rejects a fundamental assumption of the degree semantics framework. The findings have implications not only for semantics but also for language acquisition and cognitive science more broadly.
This student-friendly introduction to linguistic pragmatics explains all the major developments in core theoretical pragmatics and engages with the most recent debates in the field. Includes sections demonstrating how pragmatics can be applied to the study of literature, language acquisition and clinical linguistics.
Elements of Formal Semantics: An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Meaning in Natural Language
Designed as a quick yet thorough introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of research in modern linguistics today this volume reveals the beauty and elegance of the mathematical study of meaning. It introduces the essential principles and techniques of formal semantics.
External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations: A Layering Approach
This book is an exploration of the syntax of external arguments in transitivity alternations from a cross-linguistic perspective. It uses data principally from English, German, and Greek to investigate the causative/anti-causative alternation and the formation of adjectival participles.
Yan Huang's highly successful textbook on pragmatics has been fully revised and updated. It includes a brand new chapter on reference, a major topic in both linguistics and the philosophy of language, as well as new material covering subjects including conversational implicature, emotional deixis, and contextualism versus semantic minimalism.
The first truly multidisciplinary text of its kind, this book offers an original analysis of the current state of linguistic pragmatics.
Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs
What makes a word bad? On the one hand, slurs and other derogatory language appear to be meaningful - different slurs can seem to refer to different groups, for example. On the other hand, slurs can seem to be just an arbitrary tool for insulting or enabling harm. How is the meaning of a slur related to its practical uses?
Serial Verbs
This book provides an in-depth typological account of the forms, functions, and histories of serial verb constructions, in which several verbs combine to form a single predicate. It uses an inductively-based framework for the analysis and draws on data from languages with different typological profiles and genetic affiliations.
Indefinites between Latin and Romance
This book investigates the syntactic and semantic development of a selection of indefinite pronouns and determiners between Latin and the Romance languages. It uses data from Classical and Late Latin texts and from electronic corpora of early Romance to propose a new account of the similarities in the grammar of indefinites across Romance.
Academic Discourse and Global Publishing: Disciplinary Persuasion in Changing Times
Modality Across Syntactic Categories
This volume explores the linguistic expression of modality in natural language from a cross-linguistic perspective, and demonstrates that modality involves many more syntactic categories and levels of syntactic structure than traditionally assumed.
Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics
A comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language. Alan Cruse covers semantic matters, but also deals with topics that are usually considered to fall under pragmatics. A major aim is to highlight the richness and subtlety of meaning phenomena, rather than to expound any particular theory.
Understanding Pragmatic Markers: A Variational Pragmatic Approach
Pragmatic markers are multifunctional and this can make it difficult to describe their meaning and potential. This book looks at pragmatic markers in a corpus of spoken English, with a focus on the functions performed by the markers in different types of text. It explores the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discourse aspects of the markers.
Understanding Semantics
Understanding Semantics is an accessible and invaluable introduction to the three main traditions of semantics: structuralism and decomposition, cognitive semantics and formal semantics.
Functional Discourse Grammar for English
This is the first textbook on Functional Discourse Grammar, a recently developed theory of language structure which analyses utterances at the pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological level. It focuses principally on English and provides extensive exercises for students to use and evaluate the theory.
Theory, Research and Pedagogy in Learning and Teaching Japanese Grammar
This edited book focuses on the role of different types of pedagogical solutions in the acquisition of the Japanese grammatical system by reviewing, assessing and measuring current theory and research.
Gender, Power and Political Speech: Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election
Gender, Power and Political Speech explores the influence of gender on political speech by analyzing the performances of three female party leaders who took part in televised debates during the 2015 UK General Election campaign.
Requesting Responsibility: The Morality of Grammar in Polish and English Family Interaction
This book analyses requests for action on the basis of natural video-recorded data of everyday interaction in British English and Polish families. Joerg Zinken describes in his analyses the features of interactional context that people across cultures might be sensitive to in designing a request, as well as aspects of cultural diversity.
Semantics for Translation Students: Arabic-English-Arabic
Varieties of Spoken French
This book examines the variation found in modern spoken French, based on the research programme 'Phonology of Contemporary French' (Phonologie du Francais Contemporain, PFC). Extensive data are drawn from all over the French-speaking world, including Algeria, Canada, Louisiana, Mauritius, and Switzerland.
This book presents the essential background for understanding semantic theories of both verbal mood and sentence mood. Paul Portner evaluates and compares the theories, draws connections between seemingly disparate approaches, and highlights the most significant insights in the literature to provide a clearer understanding of how mood works.
Speech Acts and Clause Types: English in a Cross-Linguistic Context
This book is an introduction to the relationship between the morphosyntactic properties of sentences and their associated illocutionary forces or force potentials. It draws on insights from linguistics, philosophy, and sociology, and may be used as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses in semantics, pragmatics, and morphosyntax.
Language and Meaning
Queering Masculinities in Language and Culture
This innovative work examines new and emerging forms of gender hybridisation in relation to complex socialisation and immigration contexts including the role of EU institutions in ascertaining asylum seekers' sexual orientation, and the European laws on gender policy.
Quotation and Truth-Conditional Pragmatics
L2 Spanish Pragmatics: From Research to Teaching
The first truly multidisciplinary text of its kind, this book offers an original analysis of the current state of linguistic pragmatics.
Learning Pragmatics from Native and Nonnative Language Teachers
This book focuses on how both nonnative and native teachers may enhance their handling of target language pragmatics in the classroom and provides ideas that both sets of teachers may draw on to compensate for gaps in their knowledge. Focus is also given to learner strategies and motivation, technological advances, assessment and research methods.
Construction of Words: Advances in Construction Morphology
This volume focuses on detailed studies of various aspects of Construction Morphology, and combines theoretical analysis and descriptive detail. These are the recipes for coining new words and word forms, and they motivate the properties of existing complex words.
Indirect Reports and Pragmatics in the World Languages
Building on the previous book on indirect reports in this series, this volume adds an empirical and cross-linguistic approach that covers an impressive range of languages, such as Cantonese, Japanese, Hebrew, Persian, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Armenian, Italian, English, Hungarian, German, Rumanian, and Basque.
Inquisitive Semantics
The book presents a new logical framework to capture the meaning of sentences in conversation. It is based on a richer notion of meaning than traditional approaches, and allows for an integrated treatment of statements and questions. The first part of the book presents the framework in detail, while the second demonstrates its many benefits.
How Gender Shapes the World
This book focuses on how gender in its many guises - Linguistic, Natural, Social - is reflected in human languages, how it features in myths and metaphors, and the role it plays in human cognition. Examples are drawn from all over the world, with a special focus on Aikhenvald's extensive fieldwork in Amazonia and New Guinea.
Grammar of Expressivity
This volume provides a detailed account of the syntax of expressive language. Based on case studies of expressive adjectives, intensifiers, and vocatives, it offers a new analysis of expressivity that bridges the gap between semantic and syntactic accounts, and shows that expressivity is a syntactic feature and not a purely semantic phenomenon.
Guia practica de pragmatica del espanol
Bad Language
Bad Language is the first textbook on an emerging area in the study of language: non-idealized language use, the linguistic behaviour of people who exploit language for malign purposes. This lively, accessible introduction offers theoretical frameworks for thinking about such topics as lies and bullshit, slurs and insults, coercion and silencing.
Semantics for Reasons
In the first account of how the language of reasons works, Semantics for Reasons draws on the scientific discipline of linguistics, brings together the theory of reasons and natural language semantics, and examines what we really mean when we talk about reasons for believing and doing certain things.
Interaction in Mandarin Chinese and English as a Multilingua Franca: Context, Practice, and Perception
Meaning of More
This book examines the semantics of comparative constructions using words such as more, as, too, and so on, and proposes a new account that rejects a fundamental assumption of the degree semantics framework. The findings have implications not only for semantics but also for language acquisition and cognitive science more broadly.
An accessible and thorough introduction to implicatures, a key topic in pragmatics. It will appeal to students and teachers in linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology and sociology, who are interested in how language is used for communication, and how children and second language learners develop pragmatic skills.
Introducing Semantics
Semantics is the study of meaning in language. This clear and comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to the subject for undergraduate students. It contains more than 200 exercises and discussion questions designed to test and deepen readers' understanding.
Meanings as Species
Mark Richard presents an original theory of meaning, as the collection of assumptions speakers make in using it and expect their hearers to recognize as being made. Meaning is spread across a population, inherited by each new generation of speakers from the last, and evolving through the interactions of speakers with their environment.