From meaning to text
Igor Mel’čuk | University of Montreal
This book presents an innovative and novel approach to linguistic semantics, beginning with the idea that language can be described as a system for the expression of linguistic Meanings as particular surface forms or Texts. Semantics is specifically that system of rules that ensures a correct transition from a Semantic Representation of the Meaning of a family of synonymous sentences to the Deep Syntactic Representation of a particular sentence. Framed in the terms of Meaning-Text linguistics, this volume discusses in detail the problems of Semantic Representation —including the semantic structure of utterances, the semantics of Causation in English, and communicative, or information, structure. Based on the author’s life-long dedication to the study of the semantics and syntax of natural language, this book is a paradigm-shifting contribution to the language sciences whose originality and daring will make it essential reading for linguists, anthropologists, semioticians, and computational linguists.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 129] 2012. xxi, 436 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Foreword | pp. xiii–xiv
Acknowledgments | pp. xv–xvi
Abbreviations and Notations | pp. xvii–xx
Organization of SMT | p. xxi
General Introduction: An Informal Characterization of Meaning-Text Semantics | pp. 1–16
I.Meaning-Text Approach and Meaning-Text Models
1 Some Basic Linguistic Notions | pp. 21–44
2 Linguistic Paraphrase | pp. 45–83
3 Meaning-Text Theory and Meaning-Text Linguistic Models | pp. 85–159
II. Semantic Representation in a Meaning-Text Model
4 The Semantic Structure of Utterances | pp. 167–241
5 Semantemes of Causation in Natural Language | pp. 243–288
6 Semantic-Communicative Structure | pp. 289–394
Index of Terms, Names & Concepts | pp. 421–429
Index of Linguistic Items | pp. 431–433
Language Index | pp. 435–436
“Mel’čuk is both creative and not afraid to take a non-mainstream stance. Though MTT remains relatively obscure to many researches for various reasons, we have good reasons to foresee a better understanding from a wider audience. A tremendous contribution in the field, this book will in due course prove itself to be well worth reading and will yield more significant and far-reaching theoretical and empirical results. Those unaccustomed to formalism will find it a great illustration of accurate description of a wide range of linguistic phenomena. And the formal schools will find in SMT an utterly novel design since current semantic theories are centered on truth-conditional logic. Semantics: From meaning to text is thus strongly recommendable to those interested in natural language processing, machine translation, lexicography, lexicon, semiotics, anthropology or semantics per se. Open-minded scholars in both theoretical and applied linguistics can cross the boundary and listen to Mel’čuk ‘s unique voice.”
Hongxin Zhang and Haitao Liu, in Journal of Linguistics 49(3): 710 – 715, 2013
Cited by 33 other publications
Barrios Rodríguez, María Auxiliadora
Bhagat, Rahul & Eduard Hovy
Dubichynskyi, Volodymyr, Adam Jaskólski & Dorota Muszyńska-Wolny
Echeverría, Carlos I.
Goddard, Cliff & Anna Wierzbicka
2016. Explicating the English lexicon of ‘doing and happening’. Functions of Language 23:2 ► pp. 214 ff.
Iordanskaja, Lidija & Igor Mel’čuk
2021. Minimodel of semantic synthesis of Russian sentences. Lingvisticae Investigationes 44:1 ► pp. 101 ff.
Iordanskaja, Lidija & Igor Mel’čuk
Kahane, Sylvain & François Lareau
Kim, Mi Hyun & Alain Polguère
2014. How light are aspectual meanings?: A study of the relation between light verbs and lexical aspects in Ukrainian. In Events, Arguments, and Aspects [Studies in Language Companion Series, 152], ► pp. 261 ff.
2018. Les prépositions zéro en français. Lingvisticae Investigationes 41:2 ► pp. 269 ff.
Milićević, Jasmina & Àngels Catena
PETUHOV, NICOLETA, IRINA LUPU & OANA STOICA-DINU
Poiret, Rafaël, Simon Mille & Haitao Liu
2021. Paraphrase and parallel treebank for the comparison of French and Chinese syntax. Languages in Contrast 21:2 ► pp. 298 ff.
Sanromán Vilas, Begoña
2017. From the heavy to the light verb. Lingvisticae Investigationes 40:2 ► pp. 228 ff.
Shaheen, Jonathan L.
Sobotka, Piotr & Magdalena Żabowska
Subbiondo, Joseph L.
Vincze, Orsolya & Margarita Alonso Ramos
2014. A proposal for a multilevel linguistic representation of Spanish personal names. In Dependency Linguistics [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 215], ► pp. 119 ff.
[no author supplied]
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 13 november 2023. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.
Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General