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On the Semantics of Syntax: Mood and Condition in English (Routledge Library Edition: The English Language)

On the Semantics of Syntax: Mood and Condition in English (Routledge Library Edition: The English Language)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781138919426
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2015
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.67 x 6.46 x 9.53 inches

Overview

First published in 1979, this book develops a grammatically orientated semantics (as opposed to a semantically orientated grammar) of mood and condition in English. It seeks to establish correspondences between areas of semantic organisation (‘planes’) and surface grammar, without reverting to an intermediate notion of deep grammar. The chapters explore topics including the differences between ‘literal meaning’ and ‘significance’, speech roles, and constructions of condition and reason in terms of the four panes discussed earlier in the volume.


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