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se·man·tics

 (sĭ-măn′tĭks)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. Linguistics
a. The study or science of meaning in language.
b. The competence of a speaker with regard to the interpretation of the meaning of linguistic structures.
c. The study of relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent. Also called semasiology.
2. The meaning or the interpretation of a word, sentence, or other language form: We're basically agreed; let's not quibble over semantics.

semantics

(sɪˈmæntɪks)
n (functioning as singular)
1. (Linguistics) the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings
2. (Logic) the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent
3. (Logic) logic
a. the study of interpretations of a formal theory
b. the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter
c. (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms
seˈmanticist n

se•man•tics

(sɪˈmæn tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. a branch of linguistics dealing with the study of meaning, including the ways meaning is structured in language and changes in meaning and form over time.
2. the branch of semiotics or logic dealing with the relationship between signs or symbols and what they denote.
3. the meaning, or an interpretation of the meaning, of a word, sign, sentence, etc.: Let's not argue about semantics.
[1895–1900]
se•man′ti•cist (-tə sɪst) se•man•ti•cian (ˌsi mænˈtɪʃ ən) n.

semantics

1. the study of the meaning of words.
2. the study of linguistic development by examining and classifying changes in meaning. Also called semasiology, sematology, semology. — semanticist, n. — semantic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
1. the study of meaning.
2. the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form. — semanticist, semantician, n.semantic, adj.
See also: Language

semantics

The study of meaning in language.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semantics - the study of language meaning
linguistics - the scientific study of language
deixis - the function of pointing or specifying from the perspective of a participant in an act of speech or writing; aspects of a communication whose interpretation depends on knowledge of the context in which the communication occurs
formal semantics - the branch of semantics that studies the logical aspects of meaning
lexical semantics - the branch of semantics that studies the meanings and relations of words
cognitive semantics, conceptual semantics, semasiology - the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning
2.semantics - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text; "a petty argument about semantics"
meaning, substance - the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
Translations
sémantika
merkitysoppisemantiikka
semantika
semantikk
semantyka
pomenoslovje

semantics

[sɪˈmæntɪks] NSINGsemántica f

semantics

[sɪˈmæntɪks] nsémantique f

semantics

n singSemantik f; the discussion got bogged down in semanticsdie Diskussion blieb in Wortklaubereien stecken; it’s just a question of semanticses ist nur eine Frage der Formulierung or (interpretation) → Auslegung

semantics

[sɪˈmæntɪks] nsgsemantica

se·man·tics

n. semántica, estudio del significado de las palabras.
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Objective: Despite considerable successes in the last 40 years, formal semantics has not quite established itself as a field of great relevance to the broader enterprise of cognitive and social science.
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A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics.
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