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Subject: Semantics or pragmatics?
Question: Hello, I was wondering which area of linguistics deals with perceived vs. intended meaning of a word. For example, if I say the word ''socialism'', it has certain connotations for me, but my listener might have very different connotations. Would that be semantics or pragmatics? Thank you, Jessi
Reply: It's more semantics. You might want to look into some old research by Osgood on the "semantic differential". His work specifically looked at the connotative meaning rather than the denotative meaning usually associated with semantics. Here's the Wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_differential
Reply From: Susan Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 18-Jul-2012
 
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  1. Re: Semantics or pragmatics?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (18-Jul-2012)
  2. Re: Semantics or pragmatics?    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (23-Jul-2012)

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