In the last part we have ended with a question: “Why cannot I say: ‘Business Guy’ instead of ‘Business Man’?” To answer this question, we have to understand some branch in Semantics, which is: Collocations…
Collocation means two words (and may be more) come together mostly, when the reader/listener read/hear one word, s/he can imagine the other one, like: (‘table’ & ‘chair’) – (‘hammer’ & ‘nail’). This is the same with: ‘Business’ and ‘Man’. Our ears, eyes, and brains are used to see this (Man) follows that (Business). That is why we prefer to say: ‘Business Man’ instead of ‘Business Man’.
For three weeks, we have discussed four semantic branches, and all of them are related to the SAMENESS theory in language; which are:
- Synonyms: When two or more words share the same meaning;
- Polysemy: When one word contains two or more related meanings;
- Homonyms: When one word contains two or more Unrelated meanings; and
- Collocations: Two or more words mostly come together.
At the end of the series, I hope that these three articles are useful for you … Your opinions are a matter for me, do not scrimp it from me. Leave your opinions, suggestions, and questions in comments, and ensure that I will read all of them. Bye for now 😉
- Yule, George. The Study of Language; 5thed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Web.