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“This book is an invaluable resource for students and instructors. It offers impressively broad coverage of semantic theory, and it strikes an ideal balance between theoretical developments and empirical investigation.” Christopher Potts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst “This lively and engaging book provides an excellent introduction to current linguistic semantics. Its coverage is comprehensive, taking readers from foundational concepts, through descriptive techniques, to theoretical approaches to the subject. The use of languages other than English to exemplify the discussion is particularly refreshing, and this revised edition will continue to provide teachers with a clear and easy to use textbook, and students with a solid foundation in semantics.” Ronnie Cann, Edinburgh University

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This book provides an engaging and accessible introduction to semantics for students new to the field. It covers basic concepts and methods and discusses some of the most important contemporary lines of research. The third edition has been completely revised and updated, and now includes: New sections on classifiers and noun classes, as well as conceptual integration An extended discussion of theory Additional examples throughout in order to familiarize the student with the practice of semantic description Increased numbers of chapter exercises, now with solutions to selected exercises

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Kindle version coments 28 Aug. 2012
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The Kindle version of this book lacks page numbers, which makes following it difficult for classroom use when the professor says "on page....". Also in chapter three there is a note regarding the formatting: "Here we follow the convention of writing postulated semantic elements in small capitals to distinguish them from real words." However, in the text, I checked the Kindle version against a classmate's paper version & found that the Kindle version does not have the small caps in the text, making it difficult to make this distinction. Nonetheless, I think it will still be usable - I will update if I find myself needing to return it for a paper version.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
problems with Kindle version 1 Feb. 2013
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This book has very helpful content, but problems in the Kindle version. These include lack of page numbers, no search capability, misformatting (especially in tables & citations), & no page numbers in the index, which makes the index unusable. I wound up returning the Kindle version & buying a printed version.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Accessible and easy to read 11 Sept. 2009
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This book is a great intro book to semantics. It has clear examples and explanations. Definitely recommended for beginners or anyone interested in semantics!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not quite sure. 15 Jan. 2013
By Michael Mohkamkar - Published on
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This book definitely did its job in some respects. It's stuffed full of information about semantics and does an okay job at least touching on most of the linguistic issues in dealing with semantics. However, reading this book one gets the feeling that it might not have been written for linguists (it almost feels like a philosophy textbook at times). As I said before, while it does manage to touch on many topics it often leaves many questions unanswered. The book is also sometimes dry enough to be called plain boring.

It's definitely a good book with loads of information, but not necessarily the best place to find answers to your questions about semantics.
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A little weak. 12 Jun. 2014
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The price wasn't too bad but I can see why from the content. Didn't feel it was very academic but had to get it.
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