Semantic structures

  • Jürgen Heller

Abstract

Semantics may be defined as the study of meaning. As a part of linguistics, semantics investigates the meaning of lexical items, e. g. words (Lyons, 1968). This paper, however, considers the meaning of lexical items from a psychological point of view. The subject of psycholinguistic research is the behavior of language speakers rather than the language itself. The psycholinguists try to uncover what people know about the meaning of lexical items, or to put it in other words, the psycholinguists investigate the verbal concepts people have in mind. From this viewpoint, a semantic structure represents the knowledge on the meaning of lexical items.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Heller
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  1. 1.Institut für PsychologieUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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