AbstractA linguistic sign, according to Saussure (1966), is a combination of a signifier (form) and a signified (meaning).
Form without meaning is just half of the sign. Although in some situations surface forms are excellently retained
in memory over time, in most circumstances, explicit long term memory for the surface details or memory for
forms of long-past linguistic events is poor or non-existent. Taylor (2012) and Port (2007), however, have
proposed that there may be implicitly accumulated memory traces for all aspects of the language— nothing is
thrown away. In the present study, 'form refers to physical properties or surface features such as the orthographic,
phonological and acoustic representations of a text, while 'meaning' refers to semantic properties, including
contextual and pragmatic information. There are some curiosities about their relationship, which this paper will
tease apart. The curiosities relate to how language is processed, represented and retained in different
1-Amjad Saleem Assistant Professor, Department of English & Applied Linguistics, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.2-Muhammad Umer Assistant Professor, Department of English, Islamia College University Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.
KeywordsForm, Meaning, Memory, Memorization, Text, Processing
Volume & IssueVI - II