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Chapter Three: Discourse Semantics
The Problem of Meaning
It is remarkable how well we communicate with one another. Whether we relate the common events of our day-to-day lives or argue passionately for our ideologies; whether we read a newspaper account of a world event or an academic paper on human language; whether we compose a simple thank-you note or a legal brief, our problems remain the same: how can we ensure that our comprehender gets the message we intend, and how do we derive the message intended from what we hear or read? Our problems as linguists also remain the same: for the comprehender, whether listening or reading, we must describe and account for how meaning is derived from any ...