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ERIC Number: ED084575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 5
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The Problem of Meaning.
Barrell, Arthur Rex
Speech Journal, v7 p32-36 1970
The study of semantics, the study of meaning, promises more complete communicative thought transfer if several problem areas can be solved or at least generally agreed upon. The problem of exact definition of words arises from the fact that no one work is the exact equivalent of another. However, the study of many languages forces the mind to conceive of slightly new shades of meaning and reduces the problem of equivalence that remains within only one language. Another difficulty arises, however, upon the realization that much of the meaning of language emerges from its structure. Other problem areas requiring further study involve denotation and connotation, differing understandings of meanings due to differing cultures or social standings of the users, and meaning variation resulting from "occasional" language--language used only on specific occasions such as formal state dinners. (CH)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Connecticut State Coll., New Haven. Dept. of Speech.