(Redirected from Monosemy)
- AKA: Monosemy, Monosemous.
- A word is monosemous if it conveys only one meaning.
- The word 'malapropism' is monosemous because it conveys a single meaning.
- See: Monosemic Bias, Lexeme, Word Sense, Natural Language Processing, Semantics, Linguistic Semantics, Synonymy, Hyponymy, Hypernymy, Taxonomy, Ontology.
- (Wikipedia, 2019) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosemy Retrieved:2019-1-25.
- Monosemy is the absence of semantic ambiguity in language, i.e. only having one meaning per word. The majority of natural human languages are polysemous, i.e. having more than one meaning per word. The artificial language Lojban and its predecessor Loglan represent attempts at creating monosemous languages. Monosemy is important for translation and semantic computing.
- (Ruhl, 1989) ⇒ Charles Ruhl. (1989). “On monosemy: A study in linguistic semantics". SUNY series in Linguistics. SUNY Press. ISBN: 0-88706-946-0, 0-88706-947-9, 978-0-88706-946-8, 978-0-88706-947-5.
- NOTES: It reminds that the 'perceived meaning' of a word can vary so greatly from one context to another.
- NOTES: It suggests that words are better conceived as having a single (mono) meaning, unlike the approach used in a dictionary.