This essay attempts to describe the role of semantics in the study of linguistics, its ability to reveal the connection between cultures, and its ability to describe human experience. Contemporary studies of semantics are also done through cognitive experiments that use imaging technologies. However, the study of semantics may be constrained by the huge variation in word meaning across cultures. The future of semantics lies in explaining such variational discrepancies and accounting for them.

What are semantics?

Expressing and communicating meaning is essentially the function of human language (Goddard 2011). Meaning is the knowledge acquired by the human brain through experience which is represented symbolically in language. The relationship between the knowledge acquired about an experience and the words used to describe them are known as semantics (Binder et al., 2009). Semantics is a core field of linguistics and is crucial in the attempt to describe and account…

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