On the Semantics of Syntax: Mood and Condition in English

1st Edition

Eirian C. Davies

Routledge
Published February 2, 2017
Reference - 204 Pages
ISBN 9781138919440 - CAT# Y202149
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

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Summary

First published in 1979, this book develops a grammatically orientated semantics (as opposed to a semantically orientated grammar) of mood and condition in English. It seeks to establish correspondences between areas of semantic organisation (‘planes’) and surface grammar, without reverting to an intermediate notion of deep grammar. The chapters explore topics including the differences between ‘literal meaning’ and ‘significance’, speech roles, and constructions of condition and reason in terms of the four panes discussed earlier in the volume.

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