The Emergence of Semantics in Four Linguistic Traditions

Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek, Arabic

| University of Groningen
| University of Leiden
| Free University Amsterdam
| University of Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027245687 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781556196171 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027298812 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
The aim of this study is a comparative analysis of the role of semantics in the linguistic theory of four grammatical traditions, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic. If one compares the organization of linguistic theory in various grammatical traditions, it soon turns out that there are marked differences in the way they define the place of ‘semantics’ within the theory. In some traditions, semantics is formally excluded from linguistic theory, and linguists do not express any opinion as to the relationship between syntactic and semantic analysis. In other traditions, the whole basis of linguistic theory is semantically orientated, and syntactic features are always analysed as correlates of a semantic structure. However, even in those traditions, in which semantics falls explicitly or implicitly outside the scope of linguistics, there may be factors forcing linguists to occupy themselves with the semantic dimension of language. One important factor seems to be the presence of a corpus of revealed/sacred texts: the necessity to formulate hermeneutic rules for the interpretation of this corpus brings semantics in through the back door.
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“[...] a useful reference in libraries at institutions where history of linguistics and/or philosophy is a subject of serious inquiry.”
“(...) die Autoren verstehen es nicht nur, im Leser Interesse für Semantik zu wecken, sondern bieten auch eine spannende Reise durch Ursprünge religiösen Denkens, Schreibens und Interpretierens.”
“[...] a particularly valuable contribution to the ever growing literature on the historiography of linguistics and language theory.

[...] a serious and throroughgoing discussion of some of the most fundamnetal problems in the theory of semantics, resulting in an extremely interesting volume.

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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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