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What is meaning?



Meaning is a notion in semantics classically defined as having two components:

  • Reference, anything in the referential realm denoted by a word or expression, and
  • Sense, the system of paradigmatic and syntagmatic relationships between a lexical unit and other lexical units in a language.

Lyons 1977b 174, 175, 206

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