Meaning as Explanation: Advances in Linguistic Sign Theory

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Ellen Contini-Morava, Barbara Sussman Goldberg, Robert S. Kirsner
Walter de Gruyter, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 487 pages

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Contents

Theory
43
Quantitative analysis in Columbia School theory
115
Meaning data and testing hypotheses
153
Remarks on signoriented approaches to language analysis
169
The purpose of a grammatical analysis
185
When contact speakers talk linguistic theory listens
213
Deixis from a cognitive point of view
245
Attention meanings and pragmatic function
271
Semantic integrality revisited
323
Visual categories in the Russian lexicon
361
The ra and se opposition in Spanish
381
Conversational focus
405
Italian pronouns and the virtue of relative meaninglessness
423
Acquisition of English articles by native speakers of Spanish
441
Author index
473
Copyright

A semantic analysis of the Japanese
289

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