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 C - Categorematic

 

Categorematic: Property of terms: A term is categorematic iff it has a meaning when standing by itself, as contrasted with a syncategorematic term: A term that has no meaning when standing by itself.

A typical example of a categorematic term is "elephant"; typical examples of a syncategorematic terms are "of", "the", "in".

The distinction and terminology dates from the Scholastics. It is useful if not precise.

 


See also: Syncategorematic


Literatuur:

Bochenski
 

 Original: Aug 20, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 September 2005.   Top