This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of semantics in a simple, step- by-step fashion. Each unit includes short sections of. This elementary coursebook has been carefully planned to introduce students by discovering the value and fascination of studying semantics, and move on to. : Semantics: A Coursebook (): James R. Hurford, Brendan Heasley, Michael B. Smith: Books.

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At the beginning of each chapter is a pre-test which helps you to be certain you have mastered the items taught in the previous chapter. Pamela considered the fact that her mother was alive and realized that it could not possibly be true. Assume that John was speaking to huurford in each case.

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It depends on whether the speaker has in mind a particular person whom Nancy wants to marry. The time has come to talk seriously of meaning. Thus, for example, facts about certain people in Egypt could well be part of the context of a conversation in Britain five years later. Entry test 1 Which of uurford following most appropriately describes reference?

A ‘ 1 ‘1 1 a Americans like to eat apple pie b Fred likes to buy Uzis c A bird lays eggs d My pet finch just laid an egg 3 Comment on the italicized items below in light of the points made in this chapter. Use the referring expressions George W. Like being able to say that two people are in the same place without being able to say where they are.


In fact, most utterances contain, or are accompanied by, one or more acts of referring. Comment Such examples show that the notion ‘referring expression’ is not always easy to apply.

Semantics: A Coursebook

Summary In the course of a sequence of utterances, speakers use referring expressions to refer to entities which may be concrete or abstract, real or fictitious. A Coursebook by James R.

Would any normal adult speaker of Sar be an appropriate person to approach to ask the meaning of the word? Practice Which of the following utterances are tokens of whole semanics S and which are not NS? We shall have a lot to say in later units about utterances, sentences and propositions, since these concepts are at the bottom of all talk about meaning.

The participants in questions 1 and 2 are in a sense talking about different worlds. Students begin courseook discovering the value and fascination of studying semantics, and move on to such topics as sense and reference, basic sense relations, simple logic, word meaning, and interpersonal meaning. Explain and illustrate 1X1 11 LL. By the way, has the 42 bus gone by yet?

The student should not skim the practice exercises, but should try to write down the answers to each batch of questions before consulting the answers given in feed- back. Yes 2 No 3 Yes 4 Yes 5 Nc Practice Language is used for talking about things in the real world, like parrots, paper-clips, babies, etc.

When two people are ‘arguing at cross-purposes’, they could be said to be working within partially different universes of discourse. Note that we have as yet shown no way of representing propositions. In reported speech, deictic terms occurring in the original utterance the utterance being reported may be translated into other, possibly non-deictic, terms in order semamtics preserve the original reference.


Yes I No I’ll be back later and I will return after some time 2 Is the answer to the previous question obvious to a normal speaker of English? My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Circle the answer of your choice. Yes I No 3 Does mention of ‘the files and ledgers’ give the impression that the reader should know which files and ledgers are being referred to, or at least give cojrsebook impression that the reader should know more about them than just that they are files and ledgers?

Semanticz I No Feedback 1 Yes 2 Yes 3 No 4 No 5 Yes, assuming that the speaker has 40 Conirnent In the above examples the linguistic context often gave a vital clue as to whether the indefinite noun phrase was a referring expression or not.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Other editions – View all Semantics: Yes I No 1 Is there enough similarity between this map and a modern map to conclude that they are both attempts to represent the same thing? But we have tried hard in this book to use unproblematic and uncontroversial examples, on which all advanced semanticists would be in broad agreement.