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A Glossary of Semantics and Pragmatics

Alan Cruse

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This alphabetic guide introduces terms referring to key concepts in semantics and pragmatics. The study of meaning as it is conveyed through language - the domain of semantics and pragmatics - is one of the central concerns of linguistics, and its importance cannot be exaggerated. Written by an author well-known in the field of semantics, the glossary provides clear and accessible explanations of terms drawn from a wide range of theoretical approaches.

Key Features:

  • A handy and easily understandable reference book for students beginning the study of semantics or pragmatics
  • Supplies numerous cross-references to related terms
  • Contains an introduction which provides an overview of the field
  • Covers traditional terminology as well as terms relating to more recent approaches, such as Cognitive Semantics
  • Includes an annotated bibliography with suggestions for further reading.

About the Author

Alan Cruse was formerly Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Manchester University. He is the author of Lexical Semantics (1986), Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (2nd edition 2004), joint author (with W. Croft) of Cognitive Linguistics (2004), and joint editor (with P. Lutzeier, F. Hundsnurscher, M. Job) of Handbook of Lexicology (Vol. 1, 2002, Vol. 2, 2005).


Cruse's Glossary of Semantics and Pragmatics, is a most welcome work of reference, not only because there are no competing volumes on the market to date, but also because, like its sister volumes from the same series, the glossary is a useful terminological dictionary, especially, but not exclusively, for the intended readership.

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