AWEJ Volume.4 Number.3, 2013                                                                     Pp.308-316

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Theories of Semantics: Merits and Limitations

Saleh Mustafa  Ramadan
Al-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan

Taleb  I. Ababneh
Irbid National University-Jordan
Irbid, Jordan

Meaning is so intangible that one group of linguists , the structuralists , preferred not to deal with it or rely on it at all . It is a variable and not to be taken for granted. Nevertheless , many theories have been interested in the study of meaning. Because of the limited scope of this p each theory are also described. The researcher hopes that many people can benefit from this article since meaning is a complex concept and difficult to understand.aper, the discussion will cover some of the well–known theories of meaning formulated in the last century. Mainly referential theory of meaning, non– referential theory of meaning and generative grammarian theory of meaning are discussed. Some assumptions, merits and limitations for

Keywords: Generative Grammarian Theory, Meaning, Non-Referential Theory, Referential Theory, Semantics


Saleh M Ramadan got his PhD in Applied Linguistics. Currently, he is an assistant professor at
the Department of English Literature and Translation at Al-Zaytoonah Private University of
Jordan. He is interested in Applied Linguistics , Semantics and TEFL/TESL .
Taleb I Ababneh got his PhD in Applied Linguistics / TEFL. Long experience as a teacher , a
supervisor of English inside and outside Jordan. He is now an associate professor at Irbid
National University / Department of English Language and Translation. Interested in
TEFL/TESL, Semantics, Applied Linguistics and Translation.