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Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics by Paul R. Kroeger (review)

Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics by Paul R. Kroeger (review) Book Reviews Paul R. Kroeger. 2018. Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics. Textbooks in Language Sciences 5. Berlin: Language Science Press. xiv + 482 pp. ISBN 978-3- 96110-035-4. $40, digital, hardcover, and paper. Paul Kroeger’s Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics is a highly accessible textbook on preliminary concepts within a theory of natural language meaning. It covers a very large range of topics. In fact, teachers intending to use the book as a basis for an undergraduate course might be unlikely to cover the book’s entire con- tent in a single semester. In any case, the book, which is over 450 pages in length, pro- vides an ample amount of material that a teacher could selectively draw on in leading a class on the topic. The general approach of the book is to provide an expansive look into semantics and pragmatics, covering the logical underpinnings of semantics, to the central questions of meaning “dimensions” (that is, comparing entailments, implicatures, and presuppositions), to Gricean reasoning, to speech act theory. Unlike many texts on the market, the book com- bines these topics with investigations into lexical semantics, including meaning relations between lexical items (for example, hyponymy, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics by Paul R. Kroeger (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 57 (2) – Dec 12, 2018

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Book Reviews Paul R. Kroeger. 2018. Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics. Textbooks in Language Sciences 5. Berlin: Language Science Press. xiv + 482 pp. ISBN 978-3- 96110-035-4. $40, digital, hardcover, and paper. Paul Kroeger’s Analyzing meaning: An introduction to semantics and pragmatics is a highly accessible textbook on preliminary concepts within a theory of natural language meaning. It covers a very large range of topics. In fact, teachers intending to use the book as a basis for an undergraduate course might be unlikely to cover the book’s entire con- tent in a single semester. In any case, the book, which is over 450 pages in length, pro- vides an ample amount of material that a teacher could selectively draw on in leading a class on the topic. The general approach of the book is to provide an expansive look into semantics and pragmatics, covering the logical underpinnings of semantics, to the central questions of meaning “dimensions” (that is, comparing entailments, implicatures, and presuppositions), to Gricean reasoning, to speech act theory. Unlike many texts on the market, the book com- bines these topics with investigations into lexical semantics, including meaning relations between lexical items (for example, hyponymy,

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 12, 2018

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