Semantics and Lexicon

 

Note: for any exercise that asks you to write out something, bring your written work to section.

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

When words change meaning, they often do so in one of a few standard ways. This lesson tells you what those ways are, and then asks you about the nature of the changes affecting a few modern English words. Bring the completed exercise to section.

SEMANTIC CHANGE 2

More exercises to complete illustrating metonymy, synecdoche, and other semantic changes. Bring the completed exercise to section.

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.