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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. Their topics include consciousness and intentionality in his lecture on descriptive psychology, abstraction and similarity: edition and translation of the correspondence between Marty and Cornelius, Marty and Meinong on what judgements are about, his psychological semantics and its posterity: internalism and externalism, and his heritage from philosophy to linguistics: dissemination and theory testing.
(7) Consequently, the present semantic methodology offers a synchronic and diachronic Semasiology of the aforementioned verb that goes beyond the simplistic lexicographic analysis of the studied term.
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.
(2008) "The theory of word formation in early semasiology: a blank spot on the map of 19 th century linguistics".
Theodor Christ from 1978 which has this note: "The clearest evidence that paronymy was and continues to be neglected is found in the fact that, to our knowledge, there is not even a work on semantics (or semasiology) to deal with paronyms in a special chapter similar to those dedicated to homonyms, synonyms or antonyms.
(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. (2) The study of human responses to linguistic (and other) symbols; the study of human behavior with, and under the stimulus of symbols, including the linguistic; signifies.
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.