M. Lynne Murphy con Lexical Meaning (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
The ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using the concepts. 'Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word.
'A lucid, explanatory, problem-oriented textbook promoting original student research. The Adopt-a-Word scheme is ingenious.' Carita Paradis, Linnaeus University
'A thorough and lucidly written introduction to lexical semantics, ranging from classic philosophical puzzles to current theoretical issues in the study of word meaning. The puzzle and Adopt-a-Word exercises enable students to build their analytical skills and explore theoretical consequences.' Rochelle Lieber, University of New Hampshire
'Murphy's new book will surely become a favourite among textbooks on semantics, thanks to the good balance and accessibility of topics provided, its well-constructed exercises, and the clear focus on the intended readership.' Linguist List
M. Lynne Murphy is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Sussex.