Myriri N'Igbo dịka o si metụta mkpụrụokwu ntule ngọtha/echiche nkịtị
English Title: Synonyms in Relation to Words in Igbo: The Literal Criticism of Meaning
Synonym is one of the topics in lexical semantics in any language. Words in every language may relate or differ. In lexical relations, it is not only one word that is involved. It usually involves two or more words. Synonyms are two or more words that have different spellings, sounds and pronunciations with exact or slight difference in meaning because of context or the manner they are used in sentences. Many a time, it is said that there are no two words that have exact meaning in all manners when compared. The study wants to find out whether there are synonyms that have the same meaning in all manners in Igbo. The data used for analysis are some of the examples of synonyms culled from Akidi (2019) coupled with other synonyms that are not based on ambiguity, idioms, proverbs or extensional meanings, but denotations. Descriptive analysis is adopted. It is found that there are synonyms that are exact in all manners in Igbo. To expand the Igbo vocabulary, it is suggested that more studies should be carried out on synonyms in different ways.
Keywords: Synonyms, Exact, Near, Lexical relation, Denotation, Semantics, Meaning
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