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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:49:51 +0000
Subject: Semantics: Bennett

Title: Semantics
Subtitle: An Introduction to Non-Lexical Aspects of Meaning
Series Title: LINCOM Coursebooks in Linguistics 12
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Availability: Available

Author: Paul Bennett				

Hardback: ISBN: 3895866911, Pages: 200pp., Price: USD 42 / EUR 42 /
	 GBP 26
Comment: (2nd printing) Course discounts available.
This is an intermediate-level textbook on semantics. It assumes some
prior acquaintance with linguistics, i.e. a basic knowledge of
grammatical terminology and previous introductory study of syntax and
semantics, but does not presuppose any particular theoretical
orientation, or any prior knowledge of the topics it covers. It is
aimed at intermediate and advanced undergraduates and beginning
postgraduates in general linguistics, as well as those interested in
the grammar of particular languages. It will also be relevant to
students of computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.

An introductory chapter deals with useful background notions such as
grammaticalization and prototype theory. The remaining chapters each
cover a single topic: links between syntactic and semantic categories,
proposition types, deixis, tense, aspect, modality, negation and
determination. The basic approach taken is to examine each phenomenon
in English before setting up a more general framework and then looking
at a number of other languages (including material on French and
German, and on non-standard varieties of English, and presenting some
- but not masses of - data from 'exotic' languages). Each chapter
concludes with copious suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Introduction
1.1 Overview
1.2 Grammaticalization
1.3 Prototypes
1.4 Semantics and Pragmatics
1.5 Polysemy and Monosemy
1.6 Conclusion - Notes and Further Reading

2 Syntactic and Semantic Categories
2.1 Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives
2.2 Alternative Views
2.3 Semantic Sub-Classes
2.4 Adverbs and Adpositions
2.5 Styles and Statistics
2.6 Cross-Linguistic Points
2.7 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

3 Proposition Types
3.1 States, Activities, Achievements and Accomplishments
3.2 The Behaviour of the Four Classes
3.3 Some Questions about this Typology
3.4 The Foundation of the Classification of Propositions
3.5 Grammatical Relations and Argument Structure
3.6 Thematic Roles
3.7 Some Contrastive Remarks
3.8 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

4 Deixis
4.1 Person Deixis
4.2 Social Deixis
4.3 Spatial Deixis
4.4 Temporal Deixis
4.5 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

5 Tense
5.1 Past, Present and Future
5.2 Speech, Event and Reference Times
5.3 Alternative Analyses
5.4 Analyses of the Perfect
5.5 Reference to the Future
5.6 Tense, Text-Type and Discourse
5.7 Other Times, Other Languages
5.8 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

6 Aspect
6.1 Habitual
6.2 Progressive
6.3 Perfective and Imperfective
6.4 A Framework for Aspect
6.5 Reference Time, Topic Time and Aspect
6.6 Aspect and Discourse ^M
6.7 Aspect in Russian
6.8 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

7 Modality
7.1 The Meanings of \textit Must
7.2 Types and Degrees of Modality
7.3 Systems of Modality
7.4 Evidentiality
7.5 Modal Ambiguity and Core Meanings
7.6 Modality and the Future
7.7 Mood
7.8 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

8 Negation
8.1 Sentential Negation
8.2 Scope and Focus of Negation
8.3 Negative and Positive Polarity
8.4 Negative Events and Situations
8.5 Use of Negatives
8.6 Negation Cross-Linguistically
8.7 Summary - Notes and Further Reading

9 Determination
9.1 Types of Determination
9.2 Definite and Indefinite
9.3 Genericness
9.4 Demonstratives
9.5 Cross-Linguistic Points
9.6 Summary - Notes and Further Reading
Glossary, References, Index
Lingfield(s): Semantics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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