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Sampson, Geoffrey R. 1981. The politics of meaning. Journal of Literary Semantics 10 (1) : 309–309.
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Semantics is said to be concerned with rules which constitute and control an aspect of the social behavior of members of communities, and as such it is a political subject. But politics is about how communities enforce their rules of behavior rather than the content of the rules; it is argued that linguists have failed to grasp this point insofar as it relates to semantics.