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A Study on the Use of Multiple Meanings

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2010, 32(), pp.193-213
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to figure out the aspects of multiple meanings used in ordinary communication situations. Generally, it has been considered ideal for a speaker and listener to deliver and understand one proper meaning in communicative situations. Thus, multiple meanings are recognized as a great hindrance factor in communicative situations. However, it seems that ambiguous or vague expressions are widely and naturally used in ordinary communication situations. Though people seem to select one clear meaning in communicative situations, analyzing meaning is, in fact, conducted through repeated adjustments, and sometimes, detailed meaning is ignored in the macroscopic dimension. Multiple meanings can be a crucial feature allowing each individual to use their own meaning. The use of multiple meanings vitalizes language and makes us share our subjective concept systems to express meaning and remotivate us to use meaning for new communication. multiple meanings are used in a way of metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, or antonymy. Here, metaphor is used by utilizing the change of concept or belief system. Metaphor is not just a cognitive function but a function to presume to solidify intimacy between the speaker and listener. Metonymy lets us use knowledge related with vocabulary widely. And synecdoche allows us to use multisemy of hierarchical relations with our categorical knowledge of the world. Antonymy functions as weak objection, criticism, or compliment. The fact that people use this ambiguity of vocabulary complexly implies that we need to concentrate on using multiple meaning itself rather than eliminating ambiguity or vagueness.

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