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Significance in Language
A Theory of Semantics

ISBN 9781032194776
Published January 20, 2022 by Routledge
336 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a unique perspective on meaning in language, broadening the scope of existing understanding of meaning by introducing a comprehensive and cohesive account of meaning that draws on a wide range of linguistic approaches.

The volume seeks to build up a complete picture of what meaning is, different types of meaning, and different ways of structuring the same meaning across myriad forms and varieties of language across such domains, such as everyday speech, advertising, humour, and academic writing. Supported by data from psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research, the book combines different approaches from scholarship in semantics, including formalist, structuralist, cognitive, functionalist, and semiotics to demonstrate the ways in which meaning is expressed in words but also in word order and intonation. The book argues for a revised conceptualisation of meaning toward presenting a new perspective on semantics and its wider study in language and linguistic research.

This book will appeal to scholars interested in meaning in language in such fields as linguistics, semantics, and semiotics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction


CHAPTER 2: Semantic structure


CHAPTER 3 Senses (1): Their types of meaning


CHAPTER 4: Senses (2):Their dimensions and uses


CHAPTER 5: Senses (3): Their internal structure


CHAPTER 6: Discussion


CHAPTER 7: Conclusion


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Jim Feist is an independent researcher, previously affiliated with the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he received his PhD in 2008. His previous publications include Premodifiers in English (2012) and Semantic Structure in English (2016).