Synonomy and Linguistic Analysis (1973)

   •Roy Harris

ISBN: 0802019242
166 pages

Synonymy is a controversial topic both in linguistics and in philosophy. The logic of descriptive linguistics demands that any two expressions differing in form be treated as either identical or nonidentical in meaning. A coherent account of synonymy is, accordingly, one of the basic requirements of semantic theory. But different accounts of synonymy may be given, and no agreement among theorists has so far been reached. The present study examines the role of this distinction as applied in the linguistic analysis of familiar languages such as English, French, German, etc., and relates it to general postulates on which descriptive linguistics may be presumed to rest.

– 'an exquisite piece of research'
Stephen Noren in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

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