An introduction to English semantics and pragmatics
This is a compact introduction to the study of meaning in the English language and how language is used, providing a solid foundation for further semantic studies.
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accomplishment achievement activity addressee adjectives adverbials ambiguous antonym argument brackets causative conspirators context convey corgis count nouns Crianlarich deictic deictic expressions deixis denote deontic discourse discussed embedded clause encoded English epistemic epistemic modality event example explicature expressions focal stress habitual interpretation Hamish Henderson hit the sofa Huddleston and Pullum hyponym illustrated implicature incompatibility indicates inference instance intersection kind knowledge labels linguistic literal meaning marked mass nouns Maude's maxim meat eaters metaphor meteorite hit metonymy modality negation noun phrase Ollivander pair paraphrases past simple past tense perfect aspect possible Potter film pragmatics present simple presupposed presuppositions progressive aspect proposition prototype pseudo-cleft quantifiers question reasonable reference relative scope relevant scheme Section semantics and pragmatics sender sense relations sentence signal situation types someone speech acts sprained superordinate synonyms synonymy Table talking tandem bicycle things topic true utterance vegetarian verb words writing