Ch 2: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings in English

About This Chapter

This chapter will help you review the use of context clues, prior knowledge, connotations, denotations, morphemes, affixes, and roots to determine the meaning of words.

Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings in English - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter have been put together to help you study the different techniques students can use to ascertain the meaning of a word when reading. It also explains how reference materials can be used to improve students' vocabularies. Our expert instructors will discuss the following:

  • Context when determining the meaning of a word
  • Prior knowledge and word structure
  • Connotation and denotation
  • The types of morphemes
  • Affixes and roots

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6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings in English
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How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

1. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

3. 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.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

4. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of meaning, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

6. 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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