The philosophical and scientific study of meaning. Sometimes considered to be the same thing as semiotics, semology, or semasiology, which have overlapping meanings. This is a relatively new field of study, and several pioneers who largely worked independently of one another each felt the need to coin a new name for the new discipline, resulting in a variety of terms for the same subject. The word semantics is widely preferred as the name for the doctrine of meaning, particularly linguistic meaning. Semiotics denotes the study of sign-using behaviour in general. -- Based on britannica.com entry

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Comparison of inflection and derivation
Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between inflection and derivation.
Concepts in the Lexicon
Report by John F. Sowa, discussing the role of the lexicon in conceptual knowledge.
The Formal Approach to Meaning
Short survey of semantics of natural language by Barbara Abbott, at University of Michigan. Focuses upon Montague semantics, and tries to give a feel for the main open problems in the field.
Semantics Archive
Scholarly research paper exchange for language semanticists. Browseable by author or date; submission and update forms, users guide.

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