sematology

Related to sematology: semanteme

sematology

(ˌsɛməˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Linguistics) another name for semantics
[C19: from Greek sēmat-, sēma sign + -logy]

semasiology, sematology

semantics.
See also: Linguistics
the theory of the use of signs, especially words, in their relation to knowledge and cognition.
See also: Knowledge
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As a means of illustrating this ambiguity, and suggesting a possible source for it, I will consider a text that brought the pragmatic version of eighteenth-century rhetoric and reading theory into the 1830s and which we are certain Mill read (because he wrote about it on two separate occasions in 1832), that is, Benjamin Humphrey Smart's An Outline of Sematology (1831).
The following passage from Smart's Sematology stands as the antithesis to Mill's notion of poetry as a communication overheard, and uttered in the "utter unconsciousness of a listener": "as a rhetorical instrument, language is, in truth, much more used to explore the minds of those who are addressed, than to represent, by an expression of correspondent unity, the thought of the speaker;--rather to put other minds into a certain posture or train of thinking, than pretending to convey at once what the speaker thinks" (Smart, An Outline 184).
An Outline of Sematology, or an Essay Towards Establishing a New Theory of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric.