Nonsensical Semantics

16 May

“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.”

  
*Syntactically sound but semantically senseless sentence created by Noam Chomsky.
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The Speech Chain

16 May

According to picture above, there are 5 ‘state’ in the speech chain, i.e. Linguistic Level (Speaker Side), Physiological Level (Articulatory), Acoustic Level, Physiological Level (Auditory), and Linguistic Level (Listener Side)

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  1. At linguistic level (speaker side), human will select, combine, and order suitable words into suitable sentences. Note that words are comprised of syllables and syllables are comprised of phonemes.
  2. Then, the ‘state’ move to physiological level (articulatory), which will involve neural and muscular activity, based on the input signal (phoneme) from the previous ‘state’. The muscular activity will form the articulator in a certain shape, so that the vocal tract for a specific phoneme is formed.
  3. The ‘state’ moves to acoustic level when there is air flowing through the vocal tract from the lungs. At this level, speech sound wave is generated and then transmitted on the medium of air.
  4. When the speech sound wave reaches listener’s ears, the ‘state’ moves to physiological level (auditory). The incoming wave will activates the hearing mechanism, which then involve neural activity in the hearing and perceptual mechanism.
  5. The speech chain is completed on the linguistic level (listener Side) when the listener recognizes the words and sentences produced by the speaker.

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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16 Terms in Linguistics

15 May

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HOMOPHONES

Words that are pronounced in the same way as one or more other words, but is different in meaning and sometimes spelling, as are “hair” and “hare.

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HAPTICS

Touching during social interaction.

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LINGUISTIC INTERFERENCE

Knowledge of the first language causes errors and misunderstanding in the second language.

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MORPHOLOGY

The study of how words are formed including aspect such as compounds, derivations, and so forth.

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NASALIZATION

To make a sound nasal by lowering the soft palate so that air flows through the nose.

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PHONETICS

A branch of linguistics comprising the study of the sounds of human speech.

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PHONOLOGY

The study of sounds in speech, including their distribution and pronunciation.

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PROXEMICS

The study of distance individuals maintain between each other in social interactions and how this separation is significant.

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PSYCHOLINGUISTICS

The study of language acquisition and use in relation to the psychological factors controlling its use and recognition.

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SEMANTICS

The study of the meaning in language; the analysis of the meaning of words, phrases, sentences.

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SEMIOTICS

The study of signs and symbols of all kinds, what they mean, and how they relate to the things or ideas they refer to.

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SEMIPHONETIC

Indicated that spellers write only some of the letters in a word.

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KINESICS

Body language such as facial expressions and gestures.

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SYNTAX

The pattern of structure of word order in sentences, clauses and phrases. The grammatical rules that govern language.

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PRAGMATICS

The use of language in context. The practical and social side of language where children must learn to engage in effective and appropriate communication (Ex: responding to uestions, making eye contact, phrasing requests, adjusting speech to differerent situations).

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CHRONEMICS

The way we perceive, use and respond to time in social interactions, as well as cultural situations.

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Source: Quizlet.com

Respondent 5.10

6 Apr

“That very simple thing u do says it all! Whatever jerk!”

March 22 at 1:57pm
3 people like this

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Words/Phrases that reflect Neurotic personality:

“Whatever jerk!”

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From this respondent’s status, the phrase “Whatever jerk!” tells me that she reacts more to stress. She lacks patience, and is always uptight. She is likely to feel tense or rattled in every situation.

Respondent 5.09

6 Apr

“U dont understand me n will never do for the rest of ur life! So dont judge me!”

March 10 at 5:34pm
5 people like this

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Words/Phrases that reflect Neurotic personality:

“dont understand me”

“for the rest of ur life!”

“dont judge me!”

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This status proves that the respondent is again, emotionally unstable. She often takes minor frustrations as hopelessly difficult and shows it.

Respondent 5.08

6 Apr

“Don’t let ur mind wander, its far too small to be let out on its own..”


March 10 at 11:31am
4 people like this

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Words/Phrases that reflect Neurotic personality:

“its far too small”

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This status, however, is posted in a negative way to the person whom she is referring to. The respondent seems to have endured a “roller coaster” kind of emotion in her life.