autosemantic


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Adj.1.autosemantic - of a word or phrase meaningful in isolation, independent of context
linguistics - the scientific study of language
categorematic - of a term or phrase capable of standing as the subject or (especially) the predicate of a proposition
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He considers the traditional distinction between content or autosemantic words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) and function or synsemantic words (prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
From the added significance of autosemantic sounds in Russian comes Brodsky's deliberately fiat and "prosaic" music in his late verse (which he himself said was designed to voice the dullness of eternity).