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What does "notional categories" mean? The context: Wilkins (a British linguist) divided the systems of meaning that lay behind the communicative uses of languages into to two categories (which were later expanded into a book Notional Syllabuses): 1. notational categories (concepts of time, sequence, quantity, location, frequency) 2. categories of communicative functions (requests, denials, offers, complaints) My dictionary says "notational" means "based on guses, estimates, or theories instead of realities". My question is how to understand the word in this linguistic context (I don't quite understand why concepts of time sequence... would be categorized into "notational categories"). I appreciate your answer:-)
2016年10月15日 12:11
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Definition of notation https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notation "Therefore, a notation is a collection of related symbols that are each given an arbitrary meaning, created to facilitate structured communication within a domain knowledge or field of study."
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Thx!
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Are you sure you're looking the right word in your dictionary? 1. any series of signs or symbols used to represent quantities or elements in a specialized system, such as music or mathematics See more here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/notational
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