Definition of Semantics
(noun) The study of the meaning of words.
Example of Semantics
- Studying the role of gender in words that have a negative connotation.
- American English – /si-mAn-tiks/
- British English – /si-mAn-tiks/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /səˈmæn(t)ɪks/
- British English – /sᵻˈmantɪks/
- Semantics is considered a subfield of linguistics by some and a separate field by others.
- Not to be confused with syntax, which relates to structure not meaning.
- A (noun) semanticist or (noun) semantician studies (adjective) semantic topics.
- Sociolinguistics Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “semantics” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Hughes, Geoffrey. 2010. Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Lyons, John. 1977. Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Macdonald, Graham, and Philip Pettit. 2012. Semantics and Social Science. London: Routledge.
- Saeed, John I. 2009. Semantics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “semantics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
semantics. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “semantics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“semantics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/semantics/>.