One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The unit of meaning carried by a morpheme.Compare with semanteme
- ‘They determine its generative power, for the sememe can be regarded as an inchoate text and, conversely, a narrative best defined as an expanded sememe to which a time dimension has been added.’
- ‘If Hitchens were to read this, his ears would bleed at the sememe carried in ‘untrue’.’
- ‘Because actualization is always possible, a sememe can be seen as an inchoate or future text, and a story as an expanded sememe in which a temporal dimension has been added to spatial syntagms.’
Early 20th century: from seme + -eme.
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