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ISSN 1798-4769 Journal of Language Teaching and Research, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 1411-1419, November 2011 © 2011 ACADEMY PUBLISHER Manufactured in Finland. doi:10.4304/jltr.2.6.1411-1419 © 2011 ACADEMY PUBLISHER A Short Introduction to Semantics Karim Nazari Bagha Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Astara Branch, Astara, Iran Email: [email protected]; [email protected] Abstract—Semantics is the study of meaning in language. Although it can be conceived as concerned with meaning in general, it is often confined to those aspects which are relatively stable and context-free, in contrast to pragmatics, which is concerned with meaning variation with context. Semantics is sometimes described as concerned with the relation of linguistic forms to states of the world; more sensibly, it may be seen as concerned with the relation of linguistic forms to non-linguistic concepts and mental representations, as well as with relationship, of meaning between linguistic forms, su...