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Homework Help: understandingof a word

Posted by TOM MY on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 7:04am.

I am having a hard time understanding a word this is used to show me one of the key features of language.
can anyone give an example or explain this to me because i am real confused I was at an understanding that Arbitrary was somethig said that was not true to describe something. Please Help here is what we was given.

Arbitrary: The relationship between the elements in the language and their meaning is arbitrary. There is no special reason the word chair must have the referent that it does. It would be perfectly acceptable for the utterance table to have the referent that chair now does. The word big doesn’t have to be in some sense “bigger” than the word minuscule.
Arbitrariness is a key feature of symbols. A sound stands for a meaning,
but which sound stands for which meaning is arbitrary.

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