About This Chapter
Basic Semantics - Chapter Summary
By watching these entertaining video lessons, you can expand your knowledge of basic semantics. For example, our educators go over how to write with idioms. They also review definitions related to semantics and give plenty of examples. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to do the following:
- Provide examples of semantics
- Define connotation and denotation
- Outline how phrasal verbs are used
- Find the meaning of words using affixes and roots
- Provide a definition for context clue
- Discuss use of reference materials for vocabulary
- Give examples of synonyms and antonyms
These convenient lessons can help to ensure you're up to speed on basic semantics. Each lesson includes a brief quiz to assess how much of the content and details you can recall. For convenience, you can revisit a topic with a single click when you're taking a quiz. Make the most of the chapter by printing the quiz as a worksheet to study when you're offline.
1. What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples
Semantics, or the study of relationships between words and how we construct meaning, sheds light on how we experience the world and how we understand others and ourselves. Explore this concept with a definition and examples, and then check out the quiz to challenge your newfound knowledge.
2. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
3. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
4. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
5. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words
In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.
6. Context Clue: Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.
7. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
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