ela metalanguage 5: semantics

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semantics

the study of meaning in language

semantic field

a group of words related to the same topic or context

denotation

the literal or 'dictionary' meaning of a word

connotation

the implied or suggested meanings associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition

etymology

the history of words, their origin and development

broadening

Meaning shift in which words refer to a more general class of items than previously

narrowing

Meaning shift in which words refer to a more specific class of items or objects.

elevation

Meaning shift in which words take on more positive connotations or denotations

deterioration

Meaning shift in which words take on more negative connotations or denotations

semantic shift

a clear change in the denotative meaning

inference

Using what you already know plus what you read in the text to draw a conclusion

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