Lexis Terminology

Superordinate

Something that is at the top of the hierarchy when grouping things together ie transport

Hyponym

Things within a superordinate group ie a car, a train, a ferry

Lexical set

The collective name for a group of hyponyms

Affixation

Prefixes – re-run

Suffixes – Fun-nier

Conversion

Verbs – nouns ie an absolute must

Let’s brunch tomorrow

Compounding

The combination of two words together ie second-hand, gatekeeper

Reduplication

Two words that sound the same used in close sequence to each other ie walkie-talkie, easy-peasy

Clipping

The shortening of a word ie email (electronic mail), comp (computer)

Acronym

Letters that represent words ie cpu (computer processing unit), UN (United Nations)

Blended words

Infographic, breakfast + lunch = brunch

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