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The study or science of meaning as it relates to language. It is primarily the study of relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent. It is also the meaning or the interpretation of a word, sentence, or other language form. It is the study of abstract meaning. It is the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.

A synonym for semantics is significs. Significs is the branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they denote.

In linguistics, semantics had its beginnings in France and Germany in the 1820s, when the meanings of words were recognized as significant features in the growth of language. Among the foremost linguistic semanticists of the 20th century are Gustaf Stern, ...

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