Polysemous and homonymous expressions
Differences and Similarities of Polysemous and Homonymous Expressions
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Polysemous and homonymous expressions
Polysemy from Greek: πολυ-, poly-,
"many" and σῆμα, sêma, "sign") is the
capacity for a sign (e.g., a word, phrase,
etc.) or signs to have multiple related
meanings (sememes), i.e., a
large semantic field. It is usually
regarded as distinct from homonymy, in
which the multiple meanings of a word
may be unconnected or unrelated.
A polyseme is a word or phrase with
different, but related senses.
Examples of Polysemous
1. The Newspaper fired its editor.
2. I spilled the coffee on the newspaper.
3. The newspaper has decided to change
1. The Newspaper (Company) fired its
2. I spilled the coffee on the newspaper
(The Physical newspaper).
3. The newspaper (The newspaper as an
edited work) has decided to change its
1. This chair is made of wood.
2. In America, there are many woods.
1. This chair is made of wood (a piece of
2. In America, there are many woods (a
geographical area with many trees,
like a forest).
In linguistics, a homonym is, in the
strict sense, one of a group of words
that share the same spelling and
pronunciation but have different
The state of being a homonym is
Examples of Homonymous
1. To show respect
2. A Weapon (Bow and Arrow)
Term: Meaning: Spelling: Pronuncia
Homonym Different Same Same
Same Same or