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Publication Date: 1970
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Towards a Semantic Description of English. Indiana Studies in the History and Theory of Linguistics.
Leech, Geoffrey N.
This book attempts to bring together semantic theory and description in order to provide the foundation of a unified "semantics of English." Part 1 is thus devoted to semantic theory and Part 2 to the description of some central fields of meaning in English. In Part 1, theory is developed involving two kinds of semantic analysis: componential analysis and "structural" or "predictional" analysis. Attention is also given to such general problems of meaning as the relation between meaning and reference, between meaning and context, and between literal and figurative meaning. In Part 2, the theory is applied to the semantics of time, place, and the modal auxiliaries in modern English. Under the heading of "time" are included the meanings of verbal tenses and aspects, as well as of time adverbials. The analysis of "place" relations is principally concerned with various locative meanings of prepositions such as: at, on. over, by, and behind. The chapter on "modality" is chiefly concerned with relations of meaning between the modal auxiliaries (can, may, must, ought to, shall, etc.). It is a principle of the description, however, that such semantic fields can be separated from one another only artificially, and that their correct analysis depends on their being seen in relation to a total semantic structure of the language. (Author/FWB)
Descriptors: Adverbs, Descriptive Linguistics, English, Linguistic Theory, Semantics, Syntax, Time Perspective, Verbs
Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($8.95)
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