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The Rhetoric of Intention in Human Affairs

by Gary C. Woodward

Assumed intentions are embedded in virtually all forms of human discussion. The Rhetoric of Intention in Human Affairs draws on a vast range of resources to describe the social and psychological forces at work...


A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law

by Jeffrey Love, Inger Larsson, Ulrika Djärv & Christine Peel et al.

This volume is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of medieval Scandinavia. This polyglot dictionary draws on the vast and vibrant range of vernacular legal terminology found in medieval Scandinavian...


Keywords for Today

by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe & Holly Yanacek

Keywords for Today takes us deep into the history of the language in order to better understand our contemporary world. From nature to cultural appropriation and from market to terror, the most important words...


Mind over Memes

by Diana Senechal

Too often our use of language has become lazy, frivolous, and even counterproductive. We rely on clichés and bromides to communicate in such a way that our intentions are lost or misinterpreted. In a culture...


Beyond Semantics and Pragmatics

by Gerhard Preyer

The study of meaning in language embraces a diverse range of problems and methods. Philosophers think through the relationship between language and the world; linguists document speakers' knowledge of meaning;...


Bad Words

by David Sosa

What makes a word bad? Bad Words is a philosophical examination of slurs and other derogatory and problematic language, by some of the leading contributors to the field. Slurs are an interesting case for the...


The Science of Meaning

by Derek Ball & Brian Rabern

By creating certain marks on paper, or by making certain sounds-breathing past a moving tongue-or by articulation of hands and bodies, language users can give expression to their mental lives. With language...


New Work on Speech Acts

by Daniel Fogal, Daniel W. Harris & Matt Moss

Speech-act theory is the interdisciplinary study of the wide range of things we do with words. Originally stemming from the influential work of twentieth-century philosophers, including J. L. Austin and John...


Puzzles of Reference

by Herman Cappelen & Josh Dever

It is a fundamental feature of language that words refer to things. Much attention has been devoted to the nature of reference, both in philosophy and in linguistics. Puzzles of Reference is the first book to...


The Exchange of Words

by Richard Moran

The capacity to speak is not only the ability to pronounce words, but the socially-recognized capacity to make one's words count in various ways. We rely on this capacity whenever we tell another person something...


English Language Teaching: a Political Factor in Puerto Rico?

by Mirta Martes-Rivera

As an educator, Mirta feels blessed and pleased because she has taught courses of English and ESL to students coming from different ethnic groups and social strata from different countries in the world. Likewise,...


Speech Acts and Clause Types

by Peter Siemund

This book is an introduction to the relationship between the morphosyntactic properties of sentences and their associated illocutionary forces or force potentials. The volume begins with several chapters dedicated...


The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality

by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

This volume offers a thorough, systematic, and crosslinguistic account of evidentiality, the linguistic encoding of the source of information on which a statement is based. In some languages, the speaker always...


From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

by Marek Kuzniak, Agnieszka Libura & Michal Szawerna

The origins of this volume lie in the international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2012, convened by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. The proceedings of the conference revolved around...


Language Contact Around the Globe

by Amei Koll-Stobbe & Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization...


From Sound to Meaning in Context

by Alicja Witalisz

This volume is a collection of papers approaching the phenomenon of language from a variety of perspectives. Scholars in phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, historical linguistics and translation studies...


Time and Temporality in Language and Human Experience

by Krzysztof Kosecki & Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

Culture and language provide two essential frameworks to deal with the concept of time. They view time as observer-determined and thus shed light on multiple and often conflicting temporalities we live in, think,...


The Synonyms of «Fallen Woman» in the History of the English Language

by Bozena Duda

This data-oriented study aims at providing an onomasiological account of the historical synonyms of the term fallen woman from Old English up to Early Modern English. It focuses on linguistic mechanisms which...


Cognitive and Pragmatic Aspects of Speech Actions

by Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka

This volume contains papers which reflect current discussions in the study of speech actions. The collection was inspired by the papers presented at Meaning, Context and Cognition, the first international conference...


Les émotions dans le discours- Emotions in Discourse

by Dirk Siepmann, Peter Blumenthal & Iva Novakova

Comment les mots permettent-ils d’appréhender ces objets obscurs que sont nos emotions ? Diverses langues européennes offrent-elles les mêmes perspectives sur cette réalité mouvante, explorée aussi par...