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Title: What is Meaning?
Subtitle: Fundamentals of Formal Semantics
Written By: Paul H Portner
Series Title: Fundamentals of Linguistics

What is Meaning? Fundamentals of Formal Semantics is a concise introduction
to the field of semantics as it is actually practiced. Through simple
examples, pictures, and metaphors, Paul Portner presents the field’s key
ideas about how language works.

- Explains the fundamental ideas and some of the most significant results
of modern semantic theory.

- Combines foundational discussion with simplified analyses of complex
phenomena to provide readers with a sense of the fascination to be found in
the details of the human language.

- Includes exercises and thought-provoking questions to facilitate learning.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1405109173
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.S. $ 64.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1405109181
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95