What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples


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Semantics means:

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1. What does semantics determine?

2. What is the best method of distinguishing between literal meaning and figurative meaning?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Semantics means the meaning and interpretation of words, signs, and sentence structure, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the field of semantics and vocabulary terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Meaning of semantics
  • Related vocabulary terms
  • Interpreting semantics

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related linguistics lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as sign and literal meaning
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what semantics determine
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the subtle differences in meaning associated with words

Additional Learning

To learn more about linguistics, review the following lesson on Semantics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of semantics
  • Identify and define forms of semantics
  • Differentiate literal and figurative meanings
  • Look at some examples related to semantics taken from literature