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Title: Interesting Analogy Question
Submitter: Heather McLoud
Description: I was asked by the fine people at ''Ask a Linguist'' to submit this here. I
tried writing a GRE-style analogy question which goes as follows:

semantics : semiotics


sentence : _________

When I wrote the question I thought the answer was ''alphabet''. However, I
also included the potential answer ''grammar''. Several of my friends
thought the answer should be ''grammar'', not ''alphabet''. Your thoughts?

Date Posted: 02-Feb-2010
LL Issue: 21.534
Posted: 02-Feb-2010

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