First published in 1959, this book aims to provide a practical introduction to semantics, relating the critical study of language to real-life situation, with a wealth of anecdotes and numerous illustrations drawn from everyday personal predicaments. This book provides much information and much material for profitable discussion, helping to make accessible what can be a highly academic subject comprehensible only to a minority. This book provides a highly valuable foundation for students of linguistics and will provide preparation for further study.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Part I Understanding and Misunderstanding; I. What are Words For? II. The Key to Misunderstanding III. Some Causes of Misunderstanding IV. Vague Words and Exact Words V. Let Us Look At Some Words VI. Words That Have Changed VII. International Semantics; Part II The Misuse of Language; VIII. Advertising IX. What is Sentimentality? X. What I Tell You Three Time is False XI. Whitewash Language XII. Language of Quarrels XIII. Lying to Ourselves; Part III Literary Semantics; XIV. Rhetoric XV. Metaphor and Association; Index