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Readership: Undergraduates in linguistics and philosophy taking introductory courses in semantics, including formal semantics. This is the ideal textbook for a short course. The author's lively style and the absence of academic apparatus also make it an attractive introduction for any reader wanting to know about the nature of meaning and the debates surrounding it.
Paul Elbourne, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London
Paul Elbourne is Reader in Semantics at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Situations and Individuals (MIT Press, 2005) and numerous articles in linguistics and philosophy journals.
"Provides an excellent introduction to central topics in the philosophy of language shaped by the linguistics turn... Elbourne writes lively prose and he conveys the sense that the contemporary study of meaning is rich, exciting and developing rapidly." - Nat Hansen, University of Reading, Philosophy in Review
"Elbourne succeeds in making the reader laugh out of the blue while reading about the most serious problems in semantics ... One of the distinguishing facts about the book is that it covers semantics in philosophy, linguistics, and psychology, which gives the reader the ability to evaluate any piece of information from various perspectives ... a perfect introduction to semantics" - Demet Corcu Gül, Linguist
"Recommended in the Times Higher Education Supplement Guide to Textbooks in Languages and Linguistics."
"This is a perfect guide to what semantics is all about. The book is informative, scholarly, witty, entertaining, and funny. It doesn't shy away from hard puzzles and unsolved problems, and places semantics where it belongs: at the intersection of linguistics, logic, metaphysics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience." - Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts at Amhurst
2: What are Word Meanings?
3: Semantic Properties of Words
4: What are Sentence Meanings?
5: Semantic Properties of Sentences
6: Meaning and Grammar
7: Meaning and Context
8: Meaning and Thought
Sources and Further Reading
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