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Presupposition and the Delimitation of Semantics : Cambridge Bible Commentary: New English Bible - Ruth M. Kempson

Presupposition and the Delimitation of Semantics

Cambridge Bible Commentary: New English Bible

Paperback Published: 15th September 1975
ISBN: 9780521099387
Number Of Pages: 248

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In this book, first published in 1975, Dr Kempson argues that previous work on presupposition - whether in philosophy or linguistics - has been mistakenly based on a conflation of two different disciplines: semantics, the study of the meanings assigned to the formal system which constitutes a language, and pragmatics, the study of the use of that system in communication. The first part of the book deals generally with the nature of semantics in linguistic theory and its formal representation within a transformational grammar; Dr Kempson argues against incorporating the relation of presupposition within such a grammar. The second part provides a pragmatic account of the foundations of a theory of communication and its detailed application to the problems raised by presupposition. The book is intended for those studying both philosophy and linguistics and also for those sociolinguists and psychologists with a more general interest in the theory of communication.

Introduction: the linguistic framework
The basis of semantics: a definition of meaning
Presupposition: two definitions
Presupposition: its use by linguists
The problem of reference and the semantic interpretation of noun phrases
The formalisation of the solution
Towards a pragmatic theory
The application of Grice's theory
Pragmatics and the competence-performance distinction
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ISBN: 9780521099387
ISBN-10: 0521099382
Series: Cambridge Bible Commentary: New English Bible
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15th September 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.37