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semasiology

PRONUNCIATION:
(si-may-see-OL-uh-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The study of meanings in a language, especially the study of semantic change.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek semasia (meaning).

USAGE:
"It must be left to students of musical semasiology to account for the psychological association that exists between the spiritual concept of goodness and saintliness and the notational accident of the absence of sharps and flats in the key signature, which results in the 'whiteness' of the music."
Nicolas Slonimsky, et al.; The Listener's Companion: Great Composers and Their Works; Schirmer Trade Books; 2002.

"The early theories of semasiology attempted to account for meaning shifts in language."
Federica Busa, et al.; The Language of Word Meaning; Cambridge University Press; 2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, writer (1613-1680)

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