In 1.1 we set the stage by introducing the interpretation relation that connects linguistic expressions (words, sentences, larger texts) to their meanings, and draw a distinction between the two main parts of semantics, lexical and compositional. The enormous range of ideas, feelings, thoughts, and facts that natural language can convey makes the task of analyzing the meaning of natural language expressions very broad, and we need to prioritize. This is done in 1.2 and 1.3 based on frequency of occurrence and information content respectively. After these basics are in place, we discuss the overall plan of the book in 1.4, and the reader can then make a more informed choice about the reading plans offered in 1.5.
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