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Question: Discuss the notions of polysemy and hyponymy and their importance for the study of word meaning.

Answer: As a part of linguistics semantics deals with meaning in language. It is often taken for granted that linguistic units studied in grammar contain lexical meaning, thus much more attention is usually given to the rules of combining those units. I think this approach is not quite accurate, for without lexical and grammatical meaning no grammatical rule will make any sense. Only having discovered the nature of meaning we can truly understand the principles of their combining and functioning in the language....(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 2345
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1890

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