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Begriff: concept vs term[edit]

The article had originally translated "Begriff" as "term". This contradicts German Wikipedia, but is in align with German Wiktionary. Strange enough. Whatever the case, from what I understand, Begriff is a semantic object, that is, a meaning of a word, not the word. The syntactic objects are denoted by Wort and Ausdruck. Admittedly, I have no other citation apart from German Wikipedia. --Daniel Polansky 15:22, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

The German Wiktionary entry has expanded since the above comment was written. It now has three senses, all of which you might call "semantic" in character: meaning (1a), concept (1b), idea (2). The "syntactic" sense term, word has recently been removed entirely from the German Wiktionary entry. There has also been some related discussion at de:Diskussion:Begriff, with one commenter describing the sense term, word as an error that is frequently encountered in the vernacular. Meanwhile, Duden does include the sense term, word («Ausdruck, Wort»), but marks it umgangssprachlich. I think the right thing to do here is to keep our sense term, but mark it as colloquial, which I will now do. —Caesura(t) 18:57, 27 June 2013 (UTC)