Definition of semasiology in English:

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semasiology

Pronunciation: /səˌmāsēˈäləjē/
Pronunciation: /səˌmāzēˈäləjē/

noun

The branch of linguistics that deals with words and phrases and the concepts that they represent. Compare with onomasiology.
Example sentences
  • In contrast, semasiology conceptualizes the signifying body and the spaces in which people move as specifically human; that is, as meaning-making practices specific to language-using creatures.
  • In semasiology, for example, a non-Cartesian concept of person is coupled with a new-realist, post-positivist philosophy of science.
  • This presumes Williams's concept of the ‘action sign’, and thus locates semasiology where it belongs at the forefront of anthropological theories of human embodiment.

Derivatives

semasiological

Pronunciation: /-əˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In spite of the above critical remarks, I do not wish to deny the value of both the onomasiological and the semasiological approaches in semantic studies.
  • Williams provided exactly this understanding in her semasiological concept of the ‘action sign’.
  • More specifically, I proceed from the perspective of semasiological theory, which accepts biology as a necessary ground for human agency but not as a deterministic mechanism that can account for human social behavior.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from German Semasiologie, from Greek sēmasia 'meaning', from sēmainein 'signify'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: se·ma·si·ol·o·gy

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