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.
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
Semantics and semiology are two of the most important branches of linguistics and have proven to be fecund areas for research. They examine language structures and how they are dictated by both the meanings and forms of communication employed — semantics by focusing on the denotation of words and fixed word combinations, and semiology by studying sign and sign processes. As numerous interrelated fields connect to and sub-disciplines branch off from these major spheres, they are essential to a thorough grounding in linguistics and crucial for further study.
‘Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology’ collects together wide-ranging works of scholarship that together provide a comprehensive overview of the preceding theoretical landscape, and expand and extend it in numerous directions. A number of interrelated disciplines are also discussed in conjunction with semantics and semiology such as anaphora, pragmatics, syntax, discourse analysis and the philosophy of language. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 to 2000 and will be of interest to students of linguistics and the philosophy of language.