Lexical field analysis

Dirk Geeraerts
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Lexical field analysis is one of various forms of lexical semantics inspired by the structuralist conception of language as inaugurated by Ferdinand de Saussure. All these approaches reject the view that the vocabulary of a language is an unordered set of items, but instead take the view that the lexicon is organized into groups of items that belong together on the basis of their meaning. The different types of structural semantics can be classified primarily in terms of the kind of semantic relations that they concentrate on. The basic distinction is that between paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations.

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