Sunday, March 08, 2015

What is meaning?

What is meaning?

Some words have meaning, some not.  Articles have a function in the sentence but
they do not have meaning for example.

Sentence has meaning.  A paragraph, a scholarly article, a book may have meaning.
The meaning of an article or a book may be called subject.  Subject is larger
and deeper than the meaning of a sentence.  The meaning of a book is larger and deeper
than its subject also.  Maybe it is more subjective though.

How can ve decide whether a semantic representation of the meaning of a sentence is precise?
If the semantic representation of the sentence gives the same answers
to the questions what, when, where, who, which, how
as a person who answers these questions according to the given sentence,
the semantic representation is precise.

Meaning is the answers to all the questions that can be coherently asked.