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.
On the Semantics of Syntax
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