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Linguistics concept about meaning of words according to a context

Several linguistics questions about the meaning in context of words: How is called in linguistics the fact some words have a meaning only with other words? How is it called when a word changes ...
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What is the meaning of the word "antiquarian" in this context? [closed]

"Although some Humanists were clubbish snobs-an intellectual elite with narrow, antiquarian interests-others preached a civic Humanism..."
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semantics of bizarre usages in view of a second-language-speaker

Generative tradition, as far as I (an amateur) understand, revolves around the 'poverty of the stimulus' argument. So I can understand why I clearly get the meaning 'she shelved her books' or at ...
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What does linguistic under-determinacy mean?

What does linguistic under-determinacy mean? and why are irony, metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole, simile, understatment and indirect answer cases of of under-determinacy?
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The Meaning of Understand [closed]

I'm working on a programming project with the main focus of 'understanding'. I'm fully aware of the technical implications but that's not why I'm here. I need to know what 'to understand' actually ...
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What is the difference between AND and WITH in general?

I, myself, a russian native, but still can't tell what is the real difference between and and with even in my own language. Is there definite demarcation line between those grammatical concepts? I'm ...
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Searching the word occurance in coca (corpus of contemporary American English) including meaning

I searched for a word inviting in coca and I got about 50 thousand usage examples. That's a lot of data. I'm interested in, if there is some possibility to refine the search, especially to search ...
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Process or action?

In the real world, The sun melts the ice. (the sun is causing the change) but the same event can be described as Ice melts. Are both sentences describing the process, or is ...
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Proform Function

How do pro-forms get their meaning? For example, does the word 'he' in the sentences "Harry got a toy. He was happy." get it's meaning from the context, or what the speaker meant by "he".
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Are all morphemes meaningful?

According to the notes I kept during a lecture on Morphology, morphemes are meaningful themselves and they can also differentiate meaning. Are all morphemes considered to be meaningful? For example {-...
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What do you understand by the term 'register'? [duplicate]

I'd be interested in asking people about their understanding of the term register and what this signifies for them. This would be a discussion about a specialised term and I'm sure there are multiple ...
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Can 'a system of rules that assigns [...] meaning in a definite way' be replaced with 'semantics'?

Source: An Introduction to Language (10 ed, 2014) by V Fromkin, R Rodman, N Hyams. I, and not the book, bolded. [p 7:] A person who knows a language has mastered [1.] a system of rules ...
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Can 'semantics' replace 'meaning' in these 7 sentences? Why or why not? [closed]

I reread 1 (which this does NOT duplicate) and the OED, and can infer that 'semantics' is a hyponym of 'meaning'; but still unable to disambiguate 'meaning' and 'semantics' in certain contexts, I am ...
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Are there any words understood by speakers of any language in the world?

Are there any words probably understood by “everyone” in the world? I understand that this question needs multiple clarifications, including the following: By a 'word' I mean a word used in the ...
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How are meanings of a word ordered in a dictionary?

What base does vocabulary.com use for its hierarchy of meanings of a word? For example see http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/sound. Are top levels (numbered list) all homonyms? What structure do ...

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