Definition of semasiology in English:

semasiology

Pronunciation: /səˌmāzēˈäləjē//səˌmāsēˈäləjē/

noun

  • The branch of linguistics that deals with words and phrases and the concepts that they represent.

    Compare with onomasiology
    • ‘Barske's paper, also grounded in semasiology, provides a rich ethnographic account of how a traditional Okinawan dance called nuchibana was utilized for contemporary political purposes by a group called ‘Okinawan Hands for Peace.’’
    • ‘In contrast, semasiology conceptualizes the signifying body and the spaces in which people move as specifically human; that is, as meaning-making practices specific to language-using creatures.’
    • ‘In semasiology, for example, a non-Cartesian concept of person is coupled with a new-realist, post-positivist philosophy of science.’
    • ‘Williams notes that semasiology as an anthropological viewpoint assumes that human action includes both spoken sign systems and action sign systems and that human action, in being agentic, is therefore not ‘behavior’.’
    • ‘This presumes Williams's concept of the ‘action sign’, and thus locates semasiology where it belongs at the forefront of anthropological theories of human embodiment.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from German Semasiologie, from Greek sēmasia meaning from sēmainein signify.

Pronunciation:

semasiology

/səˌmāzēˈäləjē//səˌmāsēˈäləjē/