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In linguistics , MEANING is the information or concepts that a sender intends to convey, or does convey, in communication with a receiver.


* 1 The sources of ambiguity

* 1.1 Pragmatics
* 1.2 Semantic meaning * 1.3 Conceptual meaning

* 2 Semiotics
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Further reading * 6 External links


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Ambiguity means confusion about what is conveyed, since the current context may lead to different interpretations of meaning. Many words in many languages have multiple definitions. Ambiguity is an effect of a rupture of the rule of identity in the context of the exchange of information. Particularly the sender may be physically absent, and the contexts explicitly divergent, such as will be the case when the receptor is a reader and the sender was a writer.


Main article: Pragmatics

is the study of how context affects meaning. The two primary forms of context important to pragmatics are linguistic context and situation context.

Linguistic context is how meaning is understood without relying on intent and assumptions. In applied pragmatics, for example, meaning is formed through sensory experiences, even though sensory stimulus cannot be easily articulated in language or signs. Pragmatics, then, reveals that meaning is both something affected by and affecting the world. Meaning is something contextual with respect to language and the world, and is also something active toward other meanings and the world. Linguistic context becomes important when looking at particular linguistic problems such as that of pronouns.

Situation context refers to every non-linguistic factor that affects the meaning of a phrase. An example of situation context can be seen in the phrase "it's cold in here", which can either be a simple statement of fact or a request to turn up the heat, depending on, among other things, whether or not it is believed to be in the listener's power to affect the temperature.


Main article: Semantics

Semantics is the study of how meaning is conveyed through signs and language . Understanding how facial expressions , body language , and tone affect meaning, and how words, phrases, sentences, and punctuation relate to meaning are examples. Various subgroups of semantics are studied within the fields of linguistics, logic and computing . For example, linguistic semantics includes the history of how words have been used in the past; logical semantics includes how people mean and refer in terms of likely intent and assumptions.

During the 19th century, John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill
defined semantic meaning with the words "denotation" and "connotation". A denotation is the literal or primary meaning of a word. Connotations are ideas or feelings that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.

The original use of "meaning" as understood early in the 20th century occurred through Lady Welby , after her daughter translated the term "semantics" from French.


Main article: Concept

Languages allow information to be conveyed even when the specific words used are not known by the reader or listener. People connect words with meaning and use words to refer to concepts. A person's intentions affect what is meant. Meaning (in English) as intent harkens back to the Anglo-Saxons and is associated today still, with the German verb meinen as to think or intend.


Main article: Semiotics

Ferdinand de Saussure
Ferdinand de Saussure
in founding semiology, his original subset of the semiotics, started describing language in terms of Signs, dividing those signs in turn into signifieds and signifiers. The signifier is the perceptive side of a sign, thus the sound form in case of oral language. The signified is the signification (semantic ) side, the mental construction or image associated with the sound, by either a speaker and hearer. A sign, then, is essentially a relationship between signified and signifier.

Signs are essentially conventional , as any foreign language student is well aware: there is no reason that bat couldn't mean "body of water" or even "that bust of Napoleon over there". Since the choice of signifiers is ultimately arbitrary, the meaning cannot somehow be in the signifier. Saussure instead defers meaning to the sign itself: meaning is ultimately the same thing as the sign, and meaning means that relationship is between signified and signifier. All meaning is both within us and communal, thus cultural . Signs "mean" by reference to our internal lexicon and grammar, and despite there being a matter of convention, so the communal part, signs also, because of the individual's uniqueness, can mean something only to the individual (what red means to one person may not be what red means to another, either in absolute value, or by including what's suggested by the context). However, while meanings carried by one given set of signifiers may vary to some extent from individual to individual, only those meanings that stay within a boundary are seen by other speakers of the language to belong to the language: if one were to refer to smells as red, most other speakers would assume the person is talking nonsense (although statements like this are common among people who experience synesthesia , or in poetry).



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Important theorists

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Roland Barthes
* Rudolf Carnap * Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
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Umberto Eco
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Viktor Frankl
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Edmund Husserl
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Roman Jakobson
* Saul Kripke * Claude Lévi-Strauss
Claude Lévi-Strauss
* Charles Sanders Peirce * Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
* Ferdinand de Saussure
Ferdinand de Saussure
* John Searle * P. F. Strawson * Willard Van Orman Quine
Willard Van Orman Quine
* Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein


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* Akmajian, Adrian, Richard Demers, Ann Farmer, and Robert Harnish. Linguistics: an introduction to language and communication, 4th edition. 1995. Cambridge: MIT Press
MIT Press
. * Allan, Keith. Linguistic Meaning, Volume One. 1986. New York: Routledge
& Kegan Paul . * Austin, J. L. How to Do Things With Words . 1962. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
Harvard University Press
. * Bacon, Sir Francis, Novum Organum, 1620. * Berger, Peter and Thomas Luckmann. The Social Construction of Reality : A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. 1967. First Anchor Books Edition. 240 pages. * Blackmore, John T., "Section 2, Communication", Foundation theory, 2000. Sentinel Open Press. * Blackmore, John T., "Prolegomena", Ernst Mach's Philosophy - Pro and Con, 2009. Sentinel Open Press. * Blackmore, John T. Semantic Dialogues or Ethics versus Rhetoric, 2010, Sentinel Open Press * Chase, Stuart, The Tyranny of Words, New York, 1938. Harcourt, Brace and Company * Davidson, Donald. Inquiries into Truth
and Meaning, 2nd edition. 2001. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
. * Dummett, Michael. Frege: Philosophy of Language, 2nd Edition. 1981. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. * Frege, Gottlob. The Frege Reader. Edited by Michael Beaney. 1997. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing * Gauker, Christopher. Words without Meaning. 2003. MIT Press * Goffman, Erving. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. 1959. Anchor Books. * Grice, Paul. Studies in the Way of Words. 1989. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. * Hayakawa, S.I. The Use and Misuse of Language, 11th edition, 1962 . Harper and Brothers . * James, William. William James on Habit, Will, Truth, and the Meaning of Life. Edited by James Sloan Allen. 2014. Savannah: Frederic C. Beil, Publisher. * Ogden, C.K. and I.A. Richards, The Meaning of Meaning, New York, 1923. Harcourt Brace MARGIN:0 4EM">LINKS TO RELATED ARTICLES

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