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Volume :4 Issue : 16 1984      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Word Meaning: The Abstract View and the Functional View (in Arabic)

Auther : Yahia A.M. Ahmad

The paper discuss the notion of meaning at the word level. First, de Saussure’s concept of linguistic sign is introduced as a representative of the abstract point of view. It is shown, after critical examination, that Saussure’s notion of sign is deficient for at least two reasons: firstly it does not specify how abstract nouns can be defined; Secondly, the problem of synonymy cannot be treated within this notion.

 

As a solution to such problems, the paper introduces to Arab readers Halliday’s notion of collocation, the author claims that such a notion can account for the definition of word meaning pretty well. Therefore, the notion is thoroughly investigated and substantiated mostly through arguments given by the present author.

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