The branch of linguistics that deals with words and phrases and the concepts that they represent. Compare with onomasiology.
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: from German Semasiologie, from Greek sēmasia 'meaning', from sēmainein 'signify'.
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