Source for the semantic range of ...
jwest at Highland.Net
Fri Aug 27 07:44:56 EDT 1999
At 06:38 AM 8/27/99 -0500, you wrote:
>My Greek prof always told me,
>"a text with out a context is a pretext."
Your prof was correct. Semantic domains, etymology, and all those little
tidbits of trivia are interesting- but not useful in the final analysis
because words gain meaning only from context. Words dont HAVE meaning, the
OBTAIN meaning by their contextual usage. To isolate a word and assign it
meaning is futile. Even dictionaries do not attempt this. Instead, they
use the word in question in a sentence so that its meaning is obtained by
Jim West, ThD
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