On the Semantics of Syntax

On the Semantics of Syntax : Mood and Condition in English

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 439.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113891942X
  • 9781138919426

Table of contents

Preface; Symbols and National Conventions 1. Introduction 2. On Literal Meaning and 'Significance' 3. A Framework of Semantic Analysis 4. Decision 5. Telling 6. Knowledge 7. Performance 8. Condition and Reason 9. Conclusion; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Bibliography; Indexshow more