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 W - Word

 

Word: Series of one or more letters without spaces (when written), and marked off from other terms by spaces or other signs that mark the first or last letter of a word, that represents an idea of something in some language.

Sometimes a word - in a natural language - is defined as "the smallest meaningful unit" in a language, but that tends to be false in as much as many languages have modifications of words - cases, negations, temporal affixes - that only occur as parts of words but have their own meaning. In English, examples are "un" and "ab" for expressing denial or complementation (as in "unnatural", "abnormal").

 





 


See also: Term


Literature:

Jespersen, Lyons

 Original: Jul 21, 2006                                                 Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top