An Advanced Introduction to Semantics: A Meaning-Text Approach, Igor Mel’čuk, Jasmina Milićević (2020)

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This book is an advanced introduction to semantics that presents this crucial component of human language through the lens of the ‘Meaning-Text’ theory – an approach that treats linguistic knowledge as a huge inventory of correspondences between thought and speech. Formally, semantics is viewed as an organized set of rules that connect a representation of meaning (Semantic Representation) to a representation of the sentence (Deep-Syntactic Representation). The approach is particularly interesting for computer assisted language learning, natural language processing and computational lexicography, as our linguistic rules easily lend themselves to formalization and computer applications. The model combines abstract theoretical constructions with numerous linguistic descriptions, as well as multiple practice exercises that provide a solid hands-on approach to learning how to describe natural language semantics.

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