Year 11 English Language. SEMANTICS. SEMANTICS is the study of meaning in language – the meaning of words as well as phrases, clauses and sentences.
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Activity: Fit each of the following verbs into the empty slot in the sentence below – walked, strode, marched, flopped, staggered, hurtled.At the moment, Helen _________ into the room.How has the meaning of the sentence altered with each different verb?
What knowledge is carried with this particular word?
Words can also be classified according to their semantic type.Remember open class words? Open class words are content words.Closed class words are function words.
- because - slowly
Denotative meanings are essentially those you will find in the dictionary.
Connotative meanings are those that have an associated or a secondary meaning.
GOLD: precious yellow non-rusting malleable metallic element of high density
Now write an example sentence for each meaning…