Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics Alan Cruse
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which meaning is conveyed in language. It covers topics normally considered to fall under pragmatics, as well as semantic matters. The author seeks, above all, to display and to explain the richness and subtlety of meaning, and to that end provides abundant exemplification throughout the text. Numerous exercises (and suggested answers) are provided at every stage. The book is not bound to any particular theory, but provides explanations of theoretical approaches and perspectives as the context requires. The author stresses the need for conceptual clarity in all analyses of meaning. Meaning in Language is readable and vigorous, written with style and wit. It will be widely welcomed by students in linguistics, philosophy, and literature.