Hermeneutics - DB task 5

Hermeneutics - DB task 5 - Q5 List the 5 characteristics of...

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Q5 - List the 5 characteristics of words. According to Klein et al., words are, firstly, arbitrary signs, which means “a combination of sounds or letters that is meaningful in a language.” 1 Secondly, words have a range of meaning, that is, “the very same word, spelled identically, may take on several vastly different meanings.” 2 Thirdly, word meanings overlap. “Put simply, a number of words in the same language exhibit meaning similar to or closely related to other words.” 3 Fourthly, word meanings change over time. As it is implied, “word meanings do not remain fixed; they change over time.” 4 Lastly, the fifth characteristic of a word is, words have denotative and connotative meanings, that is, words “may convey significance in addition to their explicit denotative reference.” 5 Connotative is, therefore, similar to a figurative meaning. It implies something in addition to the primary meaning. Which one was new to you? Which one do you think is most important? Why? None of them was new to me. I think it is important to have in mind the fact that a single word has a range of different meaning. Misunderstanding this fact can cause a great damage to the original message. I have particularly heard some absurdities by people who were using words with the wrong meaning. Further considerations on that, such as the univocal, equivocal and
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