Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See semantics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A discipline within linguistics concerned with the meaning of a word independent of its phonetic expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of meanings or sense development (of words); the explanation of the development and changes of the meanings of words; -- more commonly referred to as semantics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of the development and connections of the meanings of words; the department of significance in philology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning

Etymologies

Greek sēmasiā, meaning (from sēmainein, to signify; see semantic) + logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σημασία (semasia, "the meaning of a word") + -λογία (-logía, "-logy, branch of study"), from σημαίνω (semaino, "I show by a sign, signify"), from σῆμα ("a mark, sign"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Marty's defense of this theory in opposition to nativism involves the descriptive semasiology, which was to be developed more fully in his subsequent writings, especially his main work, and is indeed the center piece of his philosophical endeavors.

    Anton Marty

  • In the nineteenth century the term “semasiology” (Semasiologie) was often used in reference to linguistic investigations concerning meaning.

    Anton Marty

  • A crucial distinction in Marty's descriptive semasiology is that between those expressions which have meaning independently and those which do not (Marty 1908a, 205 ff.).

    Anton Marty

  • Accordingly Marty's semasiology is concerned with the complex unity (not identity) of

    Anton Marty

  • It is in the classification of autosemantica where Brentanian descriptive psychology especially comes into play in Marty's descriptive semasiology.

    Anton Marty

  • There is accordingly a very strong sense in which Marty's descriptive semasiology involves a very forcefully stated anti-psychologism in all domains of philosophy.

    Anton Marty

  • Thus, in working out a descriptive semasiology of statements Marty puts forward a very important ontological thesis.

    Anton Marty

  • Thus we see that in his descriptive semasiology of emotives Marty puts forward a very important axiological thesis.

    Anton Marty

  • _Kind_ and its semasiology are treated at great length, with a multitude of examples and explanations, useful to students of English, whose dictionaries lag behind in these respects.

    The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought Studies of the Activities and Influences of the Child Among Primitive Peoples, Their Analogues and Survivals in the Civilization of To-Day

  • Insofar as Marty's universal grammar is a semasiology developed in the framework of Brentanian descriptive psychology, Marty thinks that his endeavor is quite distinct from ” and of greater philosophical significance than ” Husserl's historically misinformed foray into the grammatical domain (Marty 1908a 56-63).

    Anton Marty

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