LANGUAGE & REALITY.
Analyzes theories & examples (ads, politics) of language as tool for shaping perception & experience. Semantics, contexts, definition problems, abstraction, euphemisms, deception, E-Prime.
Semantics is the study of meaning in language. This definition includes "meaning" in several senses, such as dictionary definitions (i.e., what, in... more
Semantics is the study of meaning in language. This definition includes "meaning" in several senses, such as dictionary definitions (i.e., what, in the world, a word refers to). But, more importantly, semantics "is the study of the way in which words and sentences convey meaning in everyday situations of speech or writing" (Crystal 100). The study of how words mean is important because language has an extraordinary influence on the manner in which people think. A discussion of types of words and expressions (equivocal words, euphemisms, language used in particular subject areas, language that obscures meaning) demonstrates how language can shape our world and influence the way we think about it. A brief look at the idea of E-Prime shows how careful attention to the influence of language can help people to think more clearly by making them refer to