plural noun[usually treated as singular]
1The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. The two main areas are logical semantics, concerned with matters such as sense and reference and presupposition and implication, and lexical semantics, concerned with the analysis of word meanings and relations between them.
- It is significant that many linguists have sought to limit the role of polysemy in linguistic semantics, if not to eliminate it altogether.
- It's enough to make anybody believe in the feasibility of linguistic semantics, at least for a while.
- Frame semantics is a linguistic theory which is currently gaining ground.
1.1The meaning of a word, phrase, or text: such quibbling over semantics may seem petty stuff
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- How about this - once Tariana starts addressing the real problems within her portfolios, we can discuss the semantics.
- These well-meaning campaigners are chronically tone-deaf to pop cultural semantics and subtleties.
- The point is that the semantics we use are not tick box mechanisms.
- Example sentences
- Because we, what with our anal-retentive, horn-rimmed parsing of phrases and slicing of sentences, are really semanticists when it boils down to it.
- The goal of articulating a logical framework tailored to a representational system that is motivated by systematic evidence about meanings in natural languages is not acknowledged by all linguistic semanticists.
- A few years ago, I asked Dave if he'd ever noticed that semanticists tend to wear leather - pants, vests and even hats as well as the more conventional coats and jackets.
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