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The Science of Meaning

Format: Academic Monograph
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198739548
Publisher: OUP Oxford

By creating certain marks on paper, or by making certain sounds-breathing past a moving tongue-or by articulation of hands and bodies, language users can give expression to their mental lives. With language we command, assert, query, emote, insult, and inspire. Language has meaning. This fact can be quite mystifying, yet a science of linguistic meaning-semantics-has emerged at the intersection of a variety of disciplines: philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and psychology. Semantics is the study of meaning. But what exactly is meaning? What is the exact target of semantic theory? This volume presents new essays on the foundations of natural language semantics.

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