Chris Cummins, Patrick Griffiths's An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics PDF

By Chris Cummins, Patrick Griffiths

ISBN-10: 0748616314

ISBN-13: 9780748616312

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2 Adjective meanings Overview Cruse (2000: 289) notes that adjective meanings are often onedimensional. Think of pairs like thin–thick, fast–slow, cool–warm, young–old, true–false. Thickness concerns only a minor dimension, not length or width; for speed, one can ignore temperature, height, age; and so forth. This makes adjectives a good starting point for trying to understand word meaning. This chapter concentrates on various kinds of meaning relationship between adjectives, mainly relationships of similarity and oppositeness.

13) would not express propositions, they nonetheless involve propositions. 13a) carries a proposition with a gap ‘addressee’s name is ___’ and cooperative addressees supply their name to fill the gap. 13b) presents a proposition ‘addressee help sender’ and the sender hopes that the addressee will act to make that proposition come true. ) Ambiguities are another reason for needing the concept of propositions. 14) can express, at least, two different propositions because right is ambiguous: ‘correct’ or ‘right-hand’.

D. e. Andy is impudent. Andy is cheeky. 2a) *Andy is impudent but he isn’t cheeky. *Andy is cheeky but he isn’t impudent. 2b), provided it is the same Andy at the same point in time. 2b) must also be true. 2c). 2e) are contradictions, because entailments cannot be cancelled. When an entailed sentence is false, sentences that entail it cannot be true. What has been said about the synonyms impudent and cheeky can be employed in two different directions. 2a, b) differing only in that one has cheeky where the other has impudent, then you have evidence that these two adjectives are synonyms of each other.

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