Year 11 English Language SEMANTICS
SEMANTICS is the study of meaning in language – the meaning of words as well as phrases, clauses and sentences.
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?
Semantic properties… BABY. What knowledge is carried with this particular word?
SEMANTIC PROPERTY punch brush contact kiss
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.
ACTIVITY: Which of the following words are function words and which are content words? - rain - of - under - singing - mystery - them - yellow - because - slowly - you - dance - tree - to content function function content function function content content content content function function content
CONNOTATION and DENOTATION 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
ACTIVITY: For each of the following words, supply the denotative and the connotative meanings: - suits - new - bird - football - cheap - age Now write an example sentence for each meaning…