Date: Wed Mar 18 1998 - 10:22:13 EST
Peter Phillips wrote:
> But...before this thread is closed down can I have my twopennath?
> Indeed semantic domains do not have hard edges - your examples show the possibility of a (reading) community > developing its own sociolinguistic semantic domain. However, you cannot go on and say that the locus for > meaning is not in the words. The locus of meaning, as cognitive linguistics seems to show IS precisely in > the words as ciphers for the semantic domain - almost similar to Plato and his Ideas. Without the words > there would be no semantic domain. The word anchors the meaning of the semantic domain and eventually even > the most erudite teenage rebel will find it hard to wrench a word too far from that domain. If that is not > the case then the only possibility for communication is a basic assumption that we are members of the same > community. This assumption has to be taken at so basic a level that it would seem to point to a correlation > between word and meaning rather than to convention about certain ciphers referring to certain things whereas > in !
another community it could refer to something else entirely.
> Probably that made no sense at all - if so, just delete it and be done!
Hi Pete ~
Makes a lot of sense to me ~ So much so that I am sitting here
wondering how we talk to each other at all, let alone how WELL wo do
so. So I just said a prayer of thanksgiving for the Mari's of this
world... Those who have mastered the technical vocabulary and are
gracious enough to speak plainly to us about it...
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