Semantics and Lexicon

 

KEYTERMS A set of key terms for the study of semantics and lexicon.
EUPHEMISMS An exercise that asks you to create as many euphemisms as you can for several terms.

GETTING TO KNOW THE OED

Oxford English Dictionary exercises, using the online third edition of the OED. (Please note that the OED link on the exercise that pops up is faulty. Use the link here.)

SEMANTIC CHANGE

These exercises introduce you to metonymy, synecdoche, and other semantic changes. Bring the completed exercise to section.

KENNING

From Old English "whale-road" to a fangirl's "beefcake," the kenning is an ancient rhetorical device that is still flourishing today. This exercise asks you to identify kennings from a list and then come up with a few additional ones.

METAPHOR

Go to the lead article of the New York Times OR the Harvard Crimson and locate as many metaphors as you can in the first three sentences. If you come up empty-handed, keep reading until you find a metaphor. The lead article is usually on the top left-hand side.