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lexical access

The process by which a person retrieves items from a lexicon (2). [From Greek lexis a word, from legein to speak]

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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148 words

... verb , adjective , etc.; contrasted with functional category . •• lexical entry : see lexicon . •• lexical field : see field . •• lexical formative : see formative ( 1 ) . •• lexical item : see lexical item . •• lexical meaning : see meaning . •• lexical modality : see lexical modality . •• lexical morpheme : see root . •• lexical verb : see lexical verb . •• lexical word formation : see word formation ( 2 )...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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2014
Subject:
Linguistics
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79 words

... 1. Assigned to, or involving units assigned to, a lexicon . Thus a lexical entry is an entry in the lexicon; a lexical item or lexical unit may be any word etc. which has such an entry; rules are lexically governed if they apply only to structures including certain lexical units. 2. Specifically of words etc. distinguished as having a lexical as opposed to a grammatical meaning , or as members of a lexical as opposed to a functional category...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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2016
Subject:
Philosophy
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46 words

... A lexicon is a dictionary, and lexical is descriptive either of dictionaries or the terms they are about. A lexical ambiguity is an ambiguity in a term, as opposed to a structural ambiguity that results from there being two different possible structures for a...

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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2014

... modality Modal meaning expressed by lexical items other than modal auxiliary verbs (also called lexical modals ), e.g. probably (adverb), likely (adjective), wish (verb). •• lexical modal verb : a lexical verb that expresses modal meaning. See modal lexical verb...

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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2014

... word The same as content word...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... word n. Another name for a content word...

lexical density

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Linguistics
Length:
17 words

... density The percentage of words in a text assigned to lexical as opposed to grammatical ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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2014
Subject:
Linguistics
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27 words

... word One which has, or is seen as having, a lexical as opposed to a grammatical meaning : e.g. book , as opposed to this , in this book...

Lexical Density

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

...Lexical Density . A measure of the density of content words as compared to function words in a text. This is calculated by the number of content words divided by the total number of words then multiplied by 100 to give a percentage of lexical density. In the previous sentence, the lexical density is 50%, since there are 8 content words and 16 words in total. Different registers will often differ in terms of lexical density; generally academic texts have a greater lexical density to informal spoken texts. See type-token ratio . ...

lexical category

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Linguistics
Length:
55 words

... category A class of lexical units, especially as distinguished by the syntactic constructions its members enter into. Often, therefore, the equivalent of a traditional part of speech : e.g. nouns in English are a lexical category with the members tree , sky , moonlight , etc. Specifically distinguished, e.g. in theories of Universal Grammar , from a functional category...

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