Word FAQs:


Q: Is a word the smallest element that can be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content?

A: Yes, This contrasts deeply with a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning but will not necessarily stand on its own.

Q: Are words thought of as the smallest meaningful unit of speech that can stand by themselves?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a word by counting its syllables or morphemes?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a word made arbitrarily the mark of such an idea""?

A: Yes, Wittgenstein's thought transitioned from a word as representation of meaning to "the meaning of a word is its use in the language".

Q: Are words made up of units of sound called phonemes?

A: Yes, and written words of symbols called graphemes, such as the letters of the English alphabet.