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  • n. The branch of semiotics that deals with the formal properties of signs and symbols.

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  • n. this sense?) (relatively rare) syntax


From syntactic.
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  • Semiotic or semiotics: paraphrasing here from the Greek semeiotikos observant of signs, from semeiousthai to interpret signs, from semeion sign; akin to Greek semu sign - more at SEMANTIC: a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals esp. with their function in both artifically constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics.

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  • The theory and study of signs and symbols, especially as elements of language or other systems of communication, and comprising semantics, syntactics, and pragmatics.

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  • Rudolf Carnap offered a definition of “pragmatics” following “syntactics” and “semantics” in order to show the relationship of formal logic to empirical and psychological aspects of meaning, as well as to distin - guish all three.


  • Altruistic professors are teaching things like syntactics, synonymy, syncretism, and synergism.

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  • How would it mean anything for you, or me, to say "Oh, that's just syntactics, or pragmatics?" These "

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