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Evaluative Semantics : Cognition, Language and Ideology - Jean-Pierre Malrieu

Evaluative Semantics

Cognition, Language and Ideology

Hardcover Published: 22nd September 1999
ISBN: 9780415197618
Number Of Pages: 328

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Evaluation, from connotations to complex judgements of value, is probably the most neglected dimension of meaning. Calling for a new understanding of truth and value, this book is a comprehensive study of evaluation in natural language, at lexical, syntactic and discursive levels. Jean Pierre Malrieu explores the cognitive foundations of evaluation and uses connectionist networks to model evaluative processes. He takes into account the social dimension of evaluation, showing that ideological contexts account for evaluative variability. A discussion of compositionality and opacity leads to the argument that a semantics of evaluation has some key advantages over truth-conditional semantics and as an example Malrieu applies his evaluative semantics to a complex Shakespeare text. His connectionist model yields a mathematical estimation of the consistency of text with ideology, and is particularly useful in the identification of subtle rhetorical devices such as irony.

List of figures
List of tables
Introductionp. 1
Ideology and discoursep. 10
Evaluation and cognitionp. 50
Interpretative shortcutsp. 85
Evaluative semanticsp. 114
Semantic networks and discourse representationp. 149
Styled semantic networksp. 179
Dynamic semantic networksp. 209
Setting the weightsp. 227
Evaluation and rhetorical attitudesp. 254
Conclusionp. 280
Appendix Ap. 289
Appendix Bp. 293
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 300
Indexp. 312
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ISBN: 9780415197618
ISBN-10: 0415197619
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Cognitive Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 22nd September 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1