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Palgrave Macmillan

Semantics

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230232297
Publication Date May 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Modern Linguistics

'Kearns' book provides a lively and engaging introduction to formal semantics. This new edition extends the scope of the first edition by providing additional material on formalization in a very accessible manner. The presentation is clear and user-friendly throughout, making this a really useful resource for use with undergraduates and beginning graduate students alike' – Professor Louisa Sadler, University of Essex

Semantics is the study of the literal meaning of words and the meaning of the way words are combined. This engaging introduction to formal semantics assumes no prior knowledge, providing a solid understanding of a range of semantic phenomena. Truly wide-ranging in coverage, no other introductory textbook discusses a comparable range of topics. Areas covered include:

• a beginner's introduction to type theory and the lambda calculus
• generalized quantifier theory
• referential opacity
• thematic roles and lexical conceptual structure
• aktionsarten
• tense and aspect, including Discourse Representation Theory
• event semantics

Illustrated throughout with numerous practical examples, each chapter also contains exercises, graded to three different levels of difficulty, as well as suggestions for further reading.

Thoroughly revised and expanded, this second edition includes entirely new material on type theory, lambda calculus, semantic composition and discussion of time within a narrative. Comprehensive and accessible, Semantics is ideal for both undergraduate and postgraduate students working at a variety of levels.

KATE KEARNS Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Introduction
Basic Logical Tools
The Logical Quantifiers
Formal Composition
Modality and Possible Worlds
GeneralizedQuantifiers
Referencial Opacity
Aktionsarten: Aspectual Classes of Events
Tense and Aspect
Thematic Roles and Lexical Conceptual Structure
Events
Bibliography
Index

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'Kearns' book provides a lively and engaging introduction to formal semantics. This new edition extends the scope of the first edition by providing additional material on formalization in a very accessible manner. The presentation is clear and user-friendly throughout, making this a really useful resource for use with undergraduates and beginning graduate students alike' - Professor Louisa Sadler, University of Essex
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