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The Study on Semantic Definition

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2010, (72), pp.67-94
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Lee, Jeong-Ae 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study was showed that although the meaning of a word is fuzzy and fluid without a distinctive boundary, we use it just like being fixed because we suppose that it can be defined as being fixed one. Therefore, this study was examined in the theories of the endeavors for catching a word essence and the various types on defining a word meaning. According to views of meaning, the theory of semantic atom, and the theory of semantic network, the essence of a word meaning was explained as a respectively different figure. In the theory of prototype, it is asserted that it has the most prototypical figure, in the theory of semantic atom, it is made up of the smallest atomic figure(or primitive) and can be taken apart, and in the theory of semantic network, it is revealed as the meaning qualities connected with a semantic network. The types of the definitions are examined in the viewpoint of a conventional definition, a encyclopedical definition, and a definition in language. Among them, the definition in language is showed that of a natural language form, in this study it was classified as the form and the substance of a definition and the defining ways of a meta language and a paraphrastic one were researched. This study was discussed that the lexicographers have done the various lexical definitions through choosing the form and the substance of a definition.

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