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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230232297
Publication Date May 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Modern Linguistics

This introductory textbook assumes no prior knowledge and covers a wide range of core topics in formal semantics. Now thoroughly updated, the second edition features new chapters on semantic composition, type theory and the lambda calculus, as well as a revised discussion of Pragmatics and a variety of new exercises.

KATE KEARNS Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Basic Logical Tools
The Logical Quantifiers
Formal Composition
Modality and Possible Worlds
Referencial Opacity
Aktionsarten: Aspectual Classes of Events
Tense and Aspect
Thematic Roles and Lexical Conceptual Structure


Kearns' book provides a lively and engaging introduction to formal semantics. This new edition extends the scope of the first edition by providing additional material on formalization in a very accessible manner. The presentation is clear and user-friendly throughout, making this a really useful resource for use with undergraduates and beginning graduate students alike' - Professor Louisa Sadler, University of Essex
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