By Chris Cummins, Patrick Griffiths

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Deixis is an abstract noun corresponding to the adjective deictic. 2 Adjective meanings Overview Cruse (2000: 289) notes that adjective meanings are often onedimensional. Think of pairs like thin–thick, fast–slow, cool–warm, young–old, true–false. Thickness concerns only a minor dimension, not length or width; for speed, one can ignore temperature, height, age; and so forth. This makes adjectives a good starting point for trying to understand word meaning. This chapter concentrates on various kinds of meaning relationship between adjectives, mainly relationships of similarity and oppositeness.

It covers the case of someone who was awake for two days. 17a) or applying to someone who was asleep, but not for two days (possibly for only two hours or maybe for three days). 17) a. For two days, I didn’t sleep. ‘for two days (it was not so (that I slept))’ b. I didn’t sleep for two days. ‘for two days (it was not so (that I slept))’ or ‘it is not so (that for two days (I slept))’ The ‘meanings’ indicated to the right of the examples are not in a standard notation. They are there to informally suggest how the overall meanings are built up.

That is what a compositional theory of meaning amounts to. The meaningful parts of a sentence are clauses, phrases and words; and the meaningful parts of words are morphemes. 15b). 15c), where round brackets enclose the operation performed first. 15) a. 3 + 2 = 5 b. 3 + 2 = 5 c. 16) show something similar in the construction of words from morphemes – similar but not identical, because this is not addition and multiplication, but an operation of negation or reversal performed by the prefix un-, and the formation of “capability” adjectives by means of the suffix -able.

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