Semantics : The meaning of language

Semantics is the study of the meaning of morphemes, words, phrases and sentences. Lexical semantics is the meaning of words and the relationship among words. Sentential semantics is the meaning of syntactic units larger than one word. A sentence may be true or false depending on the situation. Examples :

  • The earth is round. ( tautologies )
  • A bachelor is married. ( contradictions )

Entailment is one sentence entails another if whenever the first sentence is true the second one must be true also. Examples :

  • Siti is eating an apple.
  • Siti is eating a fruit.

Semantics knowledge also tells when words or phrases have more than one meaning or ambiguous.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colin Days
    May 22, 2012 @ 01:23:19

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  2. nursyakilla
    May 26, 2012 @ 17:43:09

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