Semantics

16 May

WHAT IS SEMANTICS?

  • Semantics is the study of meaning. It is a wide subject within the general study of language. An understanding of semantics is essential to the study of language acquisition (how language users acquire a sense of meaning, as speakers and writers, listeners and readers) and of language change (how meanings alter over time).
  • It is important to understand language in social contexts, as these are likely to affect meaning, and understand varieties of English and effects of style. It is thus one of the most fundamental concepts in linguistics.
  • The study of semantics includes the study of how meaning is constructed, interpreted, clarified, obscured, illustrated, simplified negotiated, contradicted and paraphrased.

 According to Teach It, some important areas of semantic theory or related subjects include these:
  • Symbol and referent
  • Conceptions of meaning
  • Words and lexemes
  • Denotation, connotation, implication
  • Pragmatics
  • Ambiguity
  • Metaphor, simile and symbol
  • Semantic fields
  • Synonym, antonym and hyponym
  • Collocation, fixed expression and idiom
  • Semantic change and etymology
  • Polysemy
  • Homonymy, homophones and homographs
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • Thesauruses, libraries and Web portals
  • Epistemology
  • Colour
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