Semantics 1 - Why Semantics? Semantics I Without meaning,...

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1 Semantics I Sept. 9, 2011 Why Semantics? Without meaning, communication is not possible. The linguistic signal must be more than noise it must have content The nature of meaning Topic of central interest in a number of fields Philosophy, Logic, Linguistics, Psychology Includes discussions of truth; lies; ambiguity; interpretation; social & psychological influences, etc. The nature of meaning In order to analyze meaning, we need to know how words (& sentences) relate to one another This information helps us to identify particular aspects of meaning that we might be interested in. The nature of meaning: words Word meaning can be complicated The word light can mean… a source of photons to make bright a pale shade easy to lift (not heavy) Semantic Relations: Words Synonymy Antonymy Hyponymy Polysemy & Homophony
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2 Synonymy “Words or expressions that have the same meaning in some or all contexts” buy purchase vacation holiday small ??? Synonymy
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