Understanding and Synonymy

  • William Todd


Having discussed the concept of comprehension in the last chapter, I will now try to relate it to the understanding of sentences. The term “understanding” is used in two quite different ways. We can speak of understanding what someone says, and we can also speak of understanding a sentence apart from any particular person who may utter it. The first usage takes account of the possibility that while the person who utters the sentence may not attach the conventional meaning to it, still we may speak of understanding him. In the second case we speak of understanding the sentence out of context and apart from any particular user; this will then amount to knowing its conventional meaning, which may vary from context to context and from user to user.


Sentence Type Literal Meaning Logical Implication Synthetic Statement Conventional Meaning 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Todd
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  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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