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On the Semantics of Syntax
Mood and Condition in English

ISBN 9781138919440
Published February 2, 2017 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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



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