Words are signs but so are certain parts of words and also larger units, like phrases and classes. In fact, any coherent meaning represented by a discrete signal or sound or writing is a sign, no matter how small or large. Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” is a sign, as are the “Book of Genesis”, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In studying vocabulary, however, we … [Read more...]