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Book: Describing Language: Form and Function

Chapter: Chapter 8: Syntax and Semantics [1971]

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24903


In terms of the relationship between meaning and form, the semantic level is dynamic, providing input to be mediated through the lexicogrammar before subsequently being realized as a string of meaningful noise. This view of semantics puts meaning before the actual selection of the set of meaning-encoding categories, structures or symbols; at the same time it claims by implication that the only linguistic level capable of handling the notion of meaning in language is that of semantics.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ruqaiya Hasan ( - book-auth-41) 'Macquarie University (Emeritus)'