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Will not necessarily carry the same implications as the same terms employed in other treatments of semantics". John Lyons, Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics, p. 403. a) Sign and Referent, Sense and Meaning A verbal sign is a lexical unit, be it a word or a similar speech unit (See b) below, "Word and lexeme") which constitutes a part of a linguistic entity and communicates a message concerning some non-linguistic entity, or state. (Verbal signs like tlN, *yy, 1 have no one-to-one equivalents in the nonlinguistic world.

As Nida summarizes, "The study of semantics is meaningless apart from the cultural context of usage. On the other hand, semantics 7 cannot be divorced from formal structural units". b) Word and Lexeme Dictionaries deal with words, and therefore it seems reasonable to accept the word as the basic unit for semantic treatment. Nevertheless, if we are to use 'word' as a semantic term some problems should be noted. The term is widely used in at least three ways: (i) to denote a sound unit whose boundaries are sometimes quite elusive.

5:10. Furthermore, even if we date Lam. 4:7 with relative accuracy (Period 3: after the fall of Jerusalem), the lack of additional statistical evidence concerning the same lexeme does not allow us to make any generalisation about the time of the shift n^: "glowing, clear) •—^ n^: ll!? , for we do. not possess enough information about C (time) and D (space). Ihif in Lam. 4:7 can include the tentative generalization that •Ihi? as - rparallels to "p!? — and «lS>t— become - or function . ••/ TT as specifications of l^ elsewhere (Ps.

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