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Author & Title: Giulio Benedetti, An Enigma in Language. The Meaning of the Fundamental Linguistic Elements. A Possible Explanation in Terms of Cognitive Functions: Operational Semantics, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, 2011

 

Book description:

Despite the great advances achieved by linguistics, an enigma in language still remains: the meaning of the fundamental linguistic elements. The meaning of verbs such as "to have", "to be", "to make", "can/may", "have to"; negation, question, and correlating elements such as the genitive, "with", "and", "or"; words such as "who/what/which", "how", "where", "when", "other/else", and "all"; are far from being clarified. To date, both traditional and more recent attempts to solve this problem have only led to tautologies and circular definitions, or definitions that, if carefully considered, are unsatisfactory. The same can be said about fundamental linguistic concepts such as “subject”, “object”, “noun”, “verb”, “adjective”, “agent”, “patient”, “means”, etc. The fact that these linguistics elements and these concepts are present/involved in any speech and are essential for the very existence of language clearly shows how important this problem is. This book proposes a radically new and unitary solution to this enigma.

 

 

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https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=12667&osCsid=b

                                                                                                                          

 

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