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 (sĭ-mā′sē-ŏl′ə-jē, -zē-)

[Greek sēmasiā, meaning (from sēmainein, to signify; see semantic) + -logy.]

se·ma′si·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
se·ma′si·ol′o·gist n.


(Linguistics) another name for semantics
[C19: from Greek sēmasia meaning, from sēmainein to signify + -logy]
semasiological adj
seˌmasioˈlogically adv
seˌmasiˈologist n


(sɪˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -zi-)

semantics, esp. the study of semantic change.
[1875–80; < Greek sēmasí(a) signal, mark, meaning (derivative of sēmaínein; see semantic) + -o- + -logy]
se•ma`si•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
se•ma`si•ol′o•gist, n.

semasiology, sematology

See also: Linguistics
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Noun1.semasiology - the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning
semantics - the study of language meaning
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Scholars of philosophy explore the work of Swiss-born Austro-German philosopher of language and psychology Marty (1847-1914) from the perspectives of intentionality, similarity, and their objects; elements of the mind; and the origins and posterity of his semasiology.
Another difference between the two approaches is that Stekauer's Cognitive Onomasiological theory deals primarily, as its name suggests, with the onomasiological aspect of linguistic meaning, whereas Cognitive Grammar and other cognitive models of language pursued in the paradigm of Cognitive Linguistics, have concentrated on semasiology rather than onomasiology.
while paronyms are barely mentioned on page 101 (within homonymy, the category of semasiology more closely related to paronomy) .
1) The branch of historical linguistic study that deals systematically with the changes in the meanings of words, as the lexico-prapher understands 'meaning'; semasiology.
Neither semasiology nor onomasiology seem to provide conclusive answers, for the profile of JUST is largely alike in all languages and the terms that have diachronically interacted with JUST not include the notions that outstrip English from other languages.
The semasiology of some primary Confucian concepts.
If onomasiology is better served by restricting the field, semasiology performs better when restricting the task.