1st Edition

On the Semantics of Syntax Mood and Condition in English

By Eirian Davies Copyright 1979
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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




    Davies, Eirian