Interpretive Functions of Adjectives in English
A Cognitive Approach
Lund Studies in English No. 116


By Helena Frannhag
April 2013
Lund University
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.

ISBN: 9789197693547
241 pages

$99.50 Paper original


This book presents a throretical discussion of the creation of meaning in language, with special focus on the functions that adjectives fulfil in this process. The discussion rests on a dynamic view of meaning and interpretation, according to which there are no fixed linguistic meanings - not even for single lexemes. Instead of symbolising meaning in a moreor less static and 'eternal' fashion, linguistic items are assumed to effect the creation of meaning, and to shape meaning dynamically in the particular communicative event at hand from some kind of underlying meaning potential.

 

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